Pau Gasol says Spurs are an 'interesting option' in free agency

Imagine for a second Pau Gasol operating in the San Antonio Spurs' beautiful offense, throwing over-the-shoulder passes to cutters and daring teams to double-team him in the post. It almost happened a couple of years ago, but Gasol chose to join the Chicago Bulls. In retrospect that seems like a mistake, but he can rectify it in July as a free agent.

Gasol's brother, Marc, has already suggested the Spurs as an ideal landing spot. It's unusual for an NBA player to publicly suggest someone signing with another team, but no one could really argue with him. In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Pau said himself that San Antonio would be "an interesting option for me." 

In July, Gasol will turn 36 years old. He's going to chase a championship somewhere, and aside from the Golden State Warriors, no team offers a better chance to do that than the Spurs. He also just fits their culture, and not just because they have a bunch of international players. San Antonio is a veteran team that values selflessness on and off the court. The locker-room drama that plagued the Bulls basically doesn't exist there. Gasol might not make the same money he would elsewhere, but the Spurs' roster is full of players who sacrificed salary in order to be there.

It's unclear how many minutes San Antonio could offer Gasol, and the big unknown here is whether or not Tim Duncan is going to come back next season. The future Hall of Famer just turned 40, but nothing about his play indicates that he has to walk away. If Duncan does retire, though, then suddenly there will be a natural role for Gasol to fill. Knowing how Duncan and the Spurs operate, his plans will remain a secret until the end of the season. 

In some ways, it's weird that Gasol hasn't played for San Antonio already. That's not to say this is a done deal, but it would make a ton of sense. 

Pau Gasol would fit nicely in San Antonio.  (USATSI)
Pau Gasol would fit nicely in San Antonio. (USATSI)

CBS Sports Writer

James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

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