Gasol (calf) was cleared to play in Spain's semifinal matchup Friday against the United States in the Summer Olympics, International basketball writer David Pick reports. Gasol was dealing with a calf injury heading into Friday's matchup, but it looks as if the the injury isn't going to hamper the forward's ability to play. Barring a setback, Gasol should, for now, be seen as healthy with the NBA season still a couple months away.
Gasol is dealing with a calf injury and could sit out Friday's semifinal matchup with the USA, Nick Moyle of the San Antonio Express-News reports. It's unclear when the injury originated, but Gasol dealt with it during Spain's quarterfinal victory over France and continues to feel some lingering pain. He's currently been given a questionable tag heading into Friday, so we'll likely see his status updated sometime around warmups.
Gasol officially signed with the Spurs on Thursday. The terms of Gasol's contract have not been made public, but it was expected to be worth over 30 million dollars. Gasol averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 32 minutes per game. He will likely be the starting center for the Spurs next season now that Boris Diaw and Tim Duncan are no longer on the team.
Gasol is finalizing a two-year deal with the Spurs, which is expected to be worth just over $30 million, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. With questions surrounding Tim Duncan and the possibility that he retires, the Spurs elected to pick up Gasol, who is a more than capable replacement. Gasol is expected to come in and start at center from the get go, meaning he should be able to post similar production to his 2015-16 campaign with the Bulls when he averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 blocks over 32 minutes per outing. Of course, coach Gregg Popovich likes to rest his veterans at points throughout the season, which could be a bit frustrating for fantasy owners. Either way, the Spurs will also need to make another roster move to get the numbers to work on Gasol's deal, with Boris Diaw currently the most likely candidate to be shipped out on a trade. The second year of Gasol's deal has a player option as well.
Gasol officially declined his $7.8 million player option for the 2016-17 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports. This move was expected all along, so Gasol's decision to decline on Monday was only a formality. He's expected to sign with a contender in need of a frontcourt presence, which very well could mean the end of his three-year run with the Bulls. Gasol recently announced he'll play for the Spanish national team during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but with free agency opening up on Jul. 1, he'll likely provide a decision on where he'll play next season before leaving for Rio.
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