Report: Pau Gasol plans to opt out, renegotiate longer term deal with Spurs
Gasol was set to make $16.2M for the final year of his contract
There's being a team player, and then there's opting out of the final year of a contract that would pay you $16.2M in order to help your team have more flexibility.
Now, this will help Gasol as well, as he's already 36 years old, and the longer term deal will give him job security at the end of his career. But there's no doubt he'll be costing himself some money with this decision. Perhaps it shouldn't be too surprising, however, as Gasol has always been a selfless player throughout his career.
It will be interesting to see what the Spurs are able to finesse with the extra cap room they generate from this renegotiation, as they likely wouldn't ask Gasol to do this without some future moves in mind, and they have been linked to both Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry in recent months.
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