Following Manu Ginobili‘s deal negotiations, the San Antonio Spurs will try to get free agent Pau Gasol under wraps as well, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Gasol signed a two-year deal with the Spurs last summer worth over $30 million, with the second year player-option at $16.2 million, which he declined. He could look to stick around for another season or two, despite having a diminished role with the team.
With Dewayne Dedmon signing with the Atlanta Hawks, the Spanish international remains the main viable starting center for the team, given that all their free agents proved too hard to retain within the organization, with a more generous free agent market.
Having lost on Jonathon Simmons, the new-look Spurs will try and hold onto a capable center that has seen it defense and lateral movement go away almost completely at the age of 37.
Gasol set career lows in starts with only 39 and 12.4 points per game, but shot a career-high 53.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The Spurs finished last season with the league’s second-best record at 61-21, prior to being swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.