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Pau Gasol’s Motivation In Free Agency Is Winning ‘Another Championship’

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With Pau Gasol dodging the final bullet in terms of not being traded by the Los Angeles Lakers before the NBA trade deadline, the future remains a mystery for the veteran center. Although a future with the Lakers cannot be ruled out, all signs seem to be point toward Gasol leaving in free agency this summer.

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Recently, Gasol spoke about his upcoming free agency on his blog at PauGasol.com. The two-time NBA champion said the following about his motivation heading into a summer where he’ll finally be calling the shots:

Honestly I’m not ruling out renewing my contract, I’m just open to every option. My decision will be based purely on sporting considerations. It couldn’t be any other way. I want to be in a team with a real chance of winning a ring and where I can help to compete for it. I would like to win another championship. The financial side comes second at this stage of my career.

At this point in time, there’s no telling what kind of offers Gasol will be receiving in the off-season. The Spanish import may be turning 34 in July, but he’s still likely to receive considerable interest around the league.

Obviously, with Gasol’s sights set on competing for a championship in the twilight of his career, the options will be limited and there’s no guarantee contenders will come calling.

Although all indication point to the Lakers and Gasol parting ways, there’s still a chance he’ll re-sign to play alongside Kobe Bryant a little while longer. A low ball offer and no moves made to convince Gasol to stay will ultimately split the two sides apart, but Gasol hasn’t ruled out returning.
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  • BREAKING NEWS

    We have received video of Mike D’Antoni and Jimmy Buss having Anal Sex. It is totally xxx-rated, disgusting.

  • Daryl Peek

    If I’m Pau wanting to stay in LA, I don’t resign unless A. there’s a no trade clause in my contract or B. both sides agree to a sign and trade. No way would I give the Lakers brass the power to shop me at their will again!

    • Paytc

      Daryl,
      Gasol can ask for whatever he wants ,but it doesn’t work that way. Usually the team holds the options. I don’t think Gasol at this stage in his career is gonna call to many shots. He is a good player, and good 7 footers are not plentiful. We will have to see what kind of deal both Gasol and Blake will land. It should be interesting to say the least.

      Go Lakers !

      • Daryl Peek

        “Considering the scarcity of quality big men in the league – Gasol is still averaging 17.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this season – the four-time All-Star could conceivably command an eight-figure salary on the open market.” –Dave McMenamin

        Pau is gonna be able to call any and all the shots he wants and he absolutely has all the leverage now. It will be interesting.

        • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

          Those stats are very impressive “stats” for Gasol, but they pale in comparison to where his true value is realistically appreciated.
          …He’s tops in the league in getting dunked on, none better in lay-ups allowed, and recognized as the league’s most generous ballplayer, giving up career nights to the slightest of journeymen across the league.
          …All for one & one for all, …Nuff Said

          • Daryl Peek

            True value is in the eyes of the GM and HC who decides if his talent fits what their team needs. You may see him as less than but I’d argue there are at least 25 teams that disagree with your assessment of Pau, the Lakers included.

          • fakerstolakers

            You are one of the few that understands basketball.
            You nominated to be the Coach.

    • Joseph Apohen

      The talented big man has ben abused by management! I agree with your suggestion. I want Pau to stay but I know he has to take a big cut to stay. I don’t think he will get the money he is receiving now in fa. Perhaps he can negotiate with the Lakers for maybe a 2 year contract at $15m. He is worth more than that. I think if the Lakers can keep Jordan Hill and get rid of MDA we can be competitive next year. However, I don’t think we can contend for the championship until maybe 2015 when we can have someone to anchor the middle. Pau was never acquired for his defense. His value to the team is his offense, intelligence, class, and how he relates to his teammates.

      • Daryl Peek

        15 mil as in 7.5 a season? If so that an insult. If 15 mil a season = 30 mil total, that’s too much IMO. 12 mil a season max is fair.

        • Joseph Apohen

          That’s an insult you are right, but because the mistakes the management’s been making, that might be the only amount they can afford. Of course someone else will offer Pau more especially now that he has been looking like an all star again since the beginning of the year. But again Pau says he really likes to stay, but again at what cost? Of course there is another issue with MDA.

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t see these so called mistakes of the FO. Did they gamble trying to build a super team? Yes but it didn’t work. Now if you’re talking Kobe’s new contract I feel you but i don’t have a problem with them paying the Kobester.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah, Daryl, I figure they are paying him to stay AND tolerate losing–which they still have more of to come. that makes sense to me now.

            Separate Subject:
            Have you ever had to deal with true hater-morons that just repetitively hurl elementary school insults at you? I have nothing prepared for a certain Bozo on a different page with that MO.

          • Daryl Peek

            I engage them at times just for kicks but I know feeding the trolls is not a good thing.

          • LakersOverEverything

            I agree with you. Everyone wants to look at things in hindsight, and call the FO inept and whatnot, but it was a good gamble. Sure, it didn’t work out, but the reward made it a worthy risk. I don’t mind them paying kobe either, and the only people who are are the ones daydreaming of bringing in 2 more max contract guys. That’s not gonna happen, but a team of kobe, gasol, melo/love, and 2 decent role players along with the bench we have is easily back in title contention. I do believe we’d have to get another coach tho, because at this point MDA is associated with loss and failure, especially after this season. We may need to start fresh to erase this whole loser’s mentality some of the younger guys may be gaining

          • Daryl Peek

            Change is on the horizon, not sure what it will actually be but I doubt it’s MDA. The FO is building the team to fit him clearly. Player development seems to be the goal and MDA is good for that.

            I can’t see Melo on the team given the FO will be running for the luxury tax border next season.

        • Chrmngblly

          I say 10M each for 2 years.

          • Daryl Peek

            10 mil a season would tough but fair.

        • LakersOverEverything

          True enough, he is worth much more than 7.5mil, but looking towards the future and signing at least one more superstar, I’d like to see him in the 8-10mil range.

        • Chrmngblly

          I would really like to see Pau grab Kelly and Marshall and put in a little extra time and refining the same PnR the Rockets use with Howard and also the version Nash used to use with Amare. Marshall needs these tools in his arsenal and the Lakers need a sharper PnR in the half court. Maybe Marshall could learn that little floater of Nash’s, too.

          • Daryl Peek

            Pau has yet to fully embrace the PNR, especially the roll as he likes to pop more. When he was popping the team was 10-9 and starting to build momentum.

            KM runs the PNR with Kaman Sacre and Hill. He does it very well with Meeks on the back door cuts. Kelly rarely sets picks. I don’t know if that’s a system design as Hill is the only PF I’ve seen rolling off a pick and he was likely playing center at the time. Never saw Williams or Johnson do it.

          • Chrmngblly

            You would think MDA would insist or Nash would insist. I would think Pau would demand it.

        • fakerstolakers

          Duncan is $10 M, he is still better than Pau and always has been.

          A lot of members here just look at the offensive numbers, to be a big man, you need inside defensive presence and ability to out rebound the other bigs.

          Go Figure!

          • Daryl Peek

            Pau is still right around the top ten in rebounding, double doubles and blocked shots, all big man measurable numbers that are on both sides of the ball.

            Duncan, Ginobli and Parker did a very rare thing in accepting that low of a salary to keep the band together. Many Lakers reporters have written LA is not San Antonio, and Kobe would be the Duncan of the Lakers in leading that keep us together charge if so.

            The culture of the Lakers Gasol relationship is not the same nature of that which the Spurs have with their big three therefore it would be strange to see Pau willing to give the same kind of hometown discount.

  • kobe24

    If I’m Gasol I ain’t coming back to Lakers

    • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

      If I’m the Lakers, Gasol ain’t coming back to us

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Sorry to break it to y’all, but, Gasol ain’t coming back… he has no power, no leverage, nada… The guy is simply not conducive to winning championships, PERIOD!
    …Read em & weep, baby

    • Joseph Apohen

      How soon you forget. You’re a “What have you done for us lately?” type of guy.

      • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

        When Gasol was putting in the necessary work ethic and an all-around effort to win, back in the day, I enjoyed watching the Lakers!
        …I just can’t stand watching a man get pushed around so easily, playing as if to avoid breaking a nail, and then whine about someone else not utilizing his skill set.
        …To be a Champion, you need to GO & GET IT, something Gasol has steadfastly refused to go get or is incapable of getting, any longer!
        … Sorry you’re a “Don’t get it” type of guy.

        • Daryl Peek

          Gasol is not a #1 option and never has been but he’s always been a great #2 to Kobe. This is why Kobe has his back to this very day.

          • Chrmngblly

            It depends on the draft, other available free agents and what Pau is willing to work for. I want our next center to be able to jump off of the floor a little bit, at least, though.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed, we need more athleticism at the center position regardless of who the coach is. It’s just time for that now.

        • Joseph Apohen

          Of course, I get it more than you think. His playing style since he was helping the club win those championships. He gets pushed around because his body frame unlike his brother Marc. Incidently he played well against him and he outplayed Hibbert last time they played. As far as whining, I don’t remember anyone whining more than MJ or Magic. Pau had some issues the last two or three years. Against the Mavs in the 2011 (?) conference final, I understand he had some girl issue and he did not play well in that game. As a matter of fact the whole team did not play well. No one could contend Barea and to add insult to injury, PJ poked him on the chest in front of national tv which probably embarrassed him. I also believe P:J made a mistake in that series. The Lakers won the first game and were leading by sixteen points when the Mavs started their run. I think Phil was slow in bringing back the starters. By the time he brought them back I think the Lakers lead by only six and the momentulm had shifted to the Mavs. However, I understand how you feel about Gasol, being weak and a poor defender. He was never acquired for his defense and anyone can see that. He does not have the brute strength. He was acquired for his mental acumen, his offensive ability, and of course I think all his teammates like him. He had several issues beside the Maverick game. He had played so many games with the world and European championships beside the NBA. The failed CP3 trade was a psychological blow and he is not the only one who suffered from that. LO is now playing in Spain because he never recovered from that “trade”. Then there was the D12 issue and of course with MDA. He whined a lot I agree to the point told him to put his big boy pants on. Along with those issues, he was injured in the Nets game and did not seem to recover well. However, since the beginning of the year he has been playing like an all star again. I am just saying that I think we should not rush to judgment, but gave the man a chance. You are right, he is frail and can easily be knocked off his feet, but look at his skill. I don’t know of any center in the league that are not brute who has similar skill. He sure looked great in the Olympics against the USA all stars. Of course he had a different coach who knew how to utilize his talent. You are entitled to your opinion and I respect that.

          • Daryl Peek

            “coach who knew how to utilize his talent”

            That’s where you lose it in this. Is MDA ideal for Gasol? NO but to say he does not know how to utilize him is false. Pau is having some of his best production in three years right now. He was awesome at the end of last season also. Many people say a coach must adapt to the talent on their team but players must also adapt to the coach and the style he implements. It’s a two way street, and again Pau is doing just fine in the D’Antoni system when he’s not whining. As Shaq said, MDA has tons of plays for big men.

            I don’t expect Pau to be anything more than he is but I must admit, I’m a little disappointed with his defensive effort at times this season. Gasol does not have to be a brute but he could do more in fighting on the block (a place he says he wants to be) and contest VS. the ole defense we see quite often. I liken it to what James Worthy often says about Pau and his numbers, they’re not impactful in the games many times.

          • Chrmngblly

            He is still healing. You may not know that but I expect him to keep improving as those stem cells get growing. I remember a few years ago he ran the floor like a gazelle for a lot of minutes, too.

          • Daryl Peek

            Time will tell on that. It seems to be taking much longer with Pau compared to Kobe.

          • Chrmngblly

            Kobe didn’t do stem cells. Pau is. It will slowly replace the cartilage in his knees sort of like the old microfracture approach except no microfracture and they inject his own adult stem cells back in after they grow a zillion of them.

          • fakerstolakers

            He won five seasons ago. And, remember he was soft in 2008. IN 2009, they had Bynum and Meta.

            Pau is a good player, but, some L/Fakers keep on putting him on par with Karl Malone, Duncan, KG.

            If he had the defense, yes, but, that is something they do not teach Euro players. Look at Brook Lopez, with the Nets, same problem, no defense. It is all MDA style B ball. Surprise MDA and Pau do not get along.

          • Daryl Peek

            OK, lets kill this Euro defensive myth once and for all. They do teach defense overseas, it’s just team defensive principals VS. team play offensively. The NBA game and it’s rules are geared to prop up individual elite players offensively which is why no one can defend elite players one on one. This is why you often hear Gasol complaining about team and always saying we.

            I’m in no way professing MDA is a defensive guru. We all know he’s not that but Rambis was hired to help him install the team defensive principles.

            MDA and Pau don’t get along due to personality conflict for the most part. The system principles are European which is what Gasol was groomed on and thrived in on his Spanish national team. Pau is older now and of course he’s not gonna like an uptempo offense that differs from what he’s settled into with the Lakers and Phil. This is why Kobe said put your big boy pants on. Now Kobe is singing the Gasol tune because he’s realizing his mortality via the injuries and age but is conflicted because he’s not ready to do the Tim Duncan thing in allowing others to shine on the same level as him. His Mamba mentality is at odds with the reality of his father time circumstances.

  • Jim213

    Tough to see Pau holding all the cards (to his future… yes, but to return to the Lakers NO). Someone may offer him a 2 digit salary but it shouldn’t be this franchise as tho he’d like to win another championship he’s failed to live up to the billing as the 2nd go to guy in LA. Something i’m sure other team’s are surely aware of given his salary (tho has put up productive #s this season).

  • Lakers

    Just DONT SIGN WITH HEAT OR SPURS…

    • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

      Neither one will consider Gasol… Gasol would destroy their chemistry and the formula to their winning concept!

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Anything but those two hated rivals.Fugg the Heat.I hate the Heat.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Those teams are intelligent enough to have him. Lakers will regret the day he leaves. Those coaches are conducive to winning and Pau is a winner, inspite of what Mr. Juan Warlock says.

      • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

        That’s very funny, since they have regretted the day he stayed, ever since the Chris Paul fiasco, back in the day… Just sayin’

    • Chrmngblly

      He is in demand, just not at $19M. The Lakers still have his Bird-rights. Let’s see what his offers are. We get to match or improve any offer. I am guessing $9-10M, just to insult DP.

      • fakerstolakers

        Glen Davis, was making $6 Million, better defense, more rebounds, and can score 14 to 18 points if he was playing 36 minutes.

        why pau?

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I am predicting Pau Gasol is leaving in free agency,leaving us with only cap space.

    • Chrmngblly

      Nobody listens to you…:-)

  • TheTruthKills

    Bye, thanks for the memories. If winning is his objective he’s as good as gone. With Kobe taking up so much of the salary no one is coming in to help. All we have to look forward to is a top 5 pick and a new coach next season. We won’t be competing for a while.

  • Richard

    Pau could play very well on most any team, including the Lakers and the style of play they want to play. He is a experienced, skilled, talented, very versatile 7 footer, who can average a double, double every game. I’m a very long time Lakers fan and personally would like to see him play and retire a Laker. If the team get the players and chemistry they need to maximizes his talents along with theirs and he continues to be very effective. Now if Pau and the team can come to terms on the money and the length of his contract……

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