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After signing a three-year, $64.7 million extension in 2009, Pau Gasol will be the second biggest free agent for the Lakers after this season. While the Lakers will have ample cap room next off-season and all the discussion is centered around Kobe Bryant, the organization would like to re-sign Gasol.

After practice on Sunday, Gasol discussed his impending free agency and the possibility of a contract extension via Lakers Nation’s Serena Winters:

“If the team is interested, they will approach me. At some point, I’m sure there will be some kind of meeting, but I’m not sure when or how. I think it’s going to depend on how I perform during the season. The better I perform, I’m sure the more interest they’ll be to sign me, I guess.”

While Gasol will be 34-years-old by the beginning of next off-season, he is one of the best skilled big men in the league and head coach Mike D’Antoni considers him the best center in the NBA. If Gasol wants to remain with the Lakers for the remainder of his career, he will likely have to agree to a contract that is similar to Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Both players sacrificed significant amount of money to re-sign with their respective teams for three years in the $30 million range.

Since being traded to Los Angeles in 2008, Gasol has been a true Laker through the two championships and all the trade rumors. While he has struggled the past couple of seasons, Gasol looks to redeem himself this season and show everyone why he is a four-time All-Star. He has continually voiced his desire to remain with the Lakers and after all that went on this off-season, the fan base wants to see Gasol retire with the team.

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  • Kobe24

    I love Gasol and its sad how people treat him like crap for all he has done for the Lakers. That being said, if Gasol does not play like how he did back in 2009~2010 when we won the back to back championship I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t get an extension. Gasol is currently being paid 17~19 million a year? If he decided to get a pay cut in half about 8~10 mil + play at least 80~90% of what he was back in 2009-2010 wouldn’t be bad to keep him.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      agree… i think being people called him soft just because of the color of his skin. But being soft is not about muscles or skin color(white men can’t jump), it is about fortitude, and Pau Gasol has plenty of it. Other players to go great length to show they are tough(building muscles, bullying people, talking trash, etc), but deep inside they are just afraid, it is their way of hiding their fear… Game 6 and 7 of the 2010 finals really showed the world Pau’s mettle against the recognized “tough” guy in green uni.

      • hirschmead321

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    • Jim213

      Disagree, it’s more like they want to see better consistency but now that DH is out of the picture and Gasol moving to the 5, he’ll have a better chance to play his style without another big guy occupying the same space.

      He’s way more skilled than DH but his future MAY (DP) depend on his contribution today as the team needs the vets to step up more given the lack of chemistry that needs to be built between the new players and the vets which will evolve as the season progresses.

      • Daryl Peek

        Not about stepping up at all. It’s all about playing together. COLLECTIVE COHESION will lead to more wins. As I said on another post, the STEP UP theme is too individual centered. Individual play is not the focus this season.

        Neither Pau or Kobe will be given an extension. Their cap holds are too high to do so. Both will be allowed to reach the free agency level in order to reboot that 50+ mil cap number off the books. They will likely be signed to new, lower deals.

        Pau could again be used as trade bait at the trade deadline, depending on how the season is going. Bottom line, if players are focused on individual STEP UP play, this will absolutely be another long frustrating season.

        • Jim213

          For myself, better consistency doesn’t imply stepping up, it implies showing more consistency similar to the championship years type of play and aggressiveness.

          Collective cohesion (IMO) = playing team ball along with better chemistry but the vets will need to make sure that this gets implemented so the new acquisitions know their roles like Gasol somewhat pointed out today (vid).

          Player depth and chemistry will determine the team’s success as long as everyone returns and remains healthy. The concern should be defense given the team seems like will be able to put points up but not on a consistent basis to outscore opponents night in an out. Defense may end up being one of the biggest factors to next season’s outcome.

          • Daryl Peek

            I can dig all of that. D’antoni and crew are putting in the work. They started early. According to MDA and Nash, the fellas are 90% there in system implementation. They’ve been at it for over a month already. The big question in my mind is, will Kobe buy in? He already seems a little resistant.

            I always saw the championship years being all about trust in togetherness. Phil always preached this. He always talked about the journey and never putting too much emphsis on individual results. “Trust the system, trust the process, trust your teammates.”

          • Jim213

            Agree, but with many new acquisitions needing to adapt or get a feel of the coach’s style I can see why KB24 would be somewhat wary. But in the end he doesn’t have a choice given he won’t be playing 35 minutes or more a game after he returns to his level of play, IMO

            I see it more like “trust needs to be earned” with Kobe, similar to when teammates try to give him pointers (which he often disregards) except if it’s players like D Fish, G Payton, and other players who’ve proven themselves in the league.

            Although, what he mentioned on Saturday kind of places doubt I believe he’d buy into the system which appears to be run and gun at a 50-70% rate from the coach. Which applies to chemistry and trusting each other as everyone adapts to their role within the team.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            well said Jim….

            Chemistry is greatest…

  • p1noyako

    As far as I can see, Gasol wants to remain & retired as a Laker.

  • jwickabdurrahim

    I think realistically the Lakers would be able to resign both Gasol and Kobe to deals that would be beneficial to the team. I think both understand that and are consummate professionals. If they can get the two signed to team friendly contracts, then maybe they could use next offseason and sign someone like a Luol Deng and then maybe use the offseason after to nab Kevin Love. Just saying, if LeBron doesn’t want to come to LA, then why blow their stack on someone who doesn’t deserve that kind of money. I think they’d be able to get Deng for a decent price (not a max contract) and Love for a potential max extension but that by that point, we’d have a little more flexibility. Idk, just spitballing here.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      A big yes on Deng.. but not Love… yes, he is money on three, but his defense is non-existent… I would prefer someone like Aldridge… can stretch the floor, plays 4-5.. has a decent defense and is mobile enough to run the floor. Kevin is difficult to watch when running….

      A lineup of J.Hill, Aldridge, Deng, Kobe, Farmar is a formidable lineup… with Pau, Young, Nash, Wes Johnson et al coming off the bench.

      • Gregory Choa

        @richard, great post! @jwick, If the Lakers end up resigning Pau and Kobe, which I agree benefits the team, it’ll have to be for at least half of what they were making per season respectively – the million dollar question, and the true wild card in the equation – is Kobe…what’s his negotiating position going to be, and what’s this season going to be like for him coming back from the injury? LOVE richard’s above lineup for ’15-’16!

  • LAL918

    For the long term, if Pau DOES play like he was back in the championship run; I can see he’ll remain a Laker for the rest of his career and he’s completely professional about this approach for the 2014 off-season. I can also see him sign for less, since I think now about everybody’s giving this “team-first” mentality and little by little, Pau’s slowly getting into it. As for as team cohesion and chemistry, from what I read this summer, about everybody already met up with each other minus Kobe and Pau and already those young, new guys are showing signs of positive chemistry with the veterans.

    Pau will be fine, alongside Young, perhaps Johnson: Gasol will have the most breakout season out of all of them.

  • Marty Susman

    The question as I see it is between two possibilities. One trade Gasol in December for a first round pick to a team that need him to help them make the playoff’s or two, sign him to an extension at somewhere near the Vet’s min. making it possible to get a ton of new talent. Pau has given a lot to the Lakers but he is far away from doing it again. I think he got a shitty deal from this coach who destroyed him but we are talking about the future & the future needs to be YOUTH not Vet’s who are crippled & getting older. Pau Gasol needs to be traded for a first round pick below 10 plus a high 1st rounder as well. Mitch can & should get that much from his trade… Nash is also in that same place, but he needs to go for a 1st rounder or even a low 2nd roundernsince by December it is as plain as can be, this season is meaningless & everything needs to be done for the future…Blake should aslo be gone for a low 2nd round pick as well….

  • Marty Susman

    The only vet we should have on the team come 2014 is Kobe & he should sign a 7 year extension as a player coach at $3,000,000 a year. He should also think about being the Basketball’s premier closer, a player that comes into the game in the 4th quarter & wins it.A new position where he could play for the next 7 years as well as begin a new concept for older players to stay relevant.

  • Marty Susman

    Lastly the Buss family needs to think about Kobe, Magic, Jabbar plus a few others buying the team. Just like Greenbay is owned by the city, the Lakers could be bought by a group of former super stars…Just saying think about it Jimmy Buss, think maybe ONE BILLION PLUS !!!!!

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