Free agent Pau Gasol has turned down a two-year deal from the Los Angeles Lakers worth more than $10 million per season, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, and he's likely going elsewhere after six-and-a-half-seasons in Los Angeles.
I'm very close to deciding. Thank you all for your interest and support! #FreeAgency— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 11, 2014
The Lakers agreed to re-sign Nick Young and Jordan Hill on Friday, and they agreed to acquire Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets in a trade. Unless Carmelo Anthony joins the team, these moves likely will not lead to a huge jump in the standings next season, and the 34-year-old Gasol has spoken repeatedly about wanting to contend for a title.
The Spurs, Bulls and Thunder would give Gasol a great shot at winning, and if he went to New York he'd reunite with Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher. The big man isn't the player he once was, but he can still be a difference-maker on offense. It looks like he's willing to sacrifice money to return to the playoffs.