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.
Gasol will play for the Spanish national team during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Associated Press reports. It will likely be the 35-year-old's last opportunity to play in the Olympics, so despite the widespread concern about the Zika virus in Brazil, Gasol didn't want to miss out on representing his country. Before heading out to Rio, Gasol figures to resolve his pending free agency. He's expected to sign with a contender in need of another frontcourt presence.
Gasol started 72 games for the Bulls last season and averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.0 blocks in 32 minutes per game. He shot 46.9 percent from the field and 79.2 percent from the charity stripe. Gasol had another excellent season as a nightly double-double threat. His ability to create plays should not be overlooked either considering his size. Gasol is expected to decline his player option and become a free agent this summer. It's uncertain if he will return to a Bulls team that admittedly is trying to get younger and more athletic. Gasol's fantasy value next season will be largely determined by where he signs.
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