Oct 8, 2013; Ontario, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (left) and guard Kobe Bryant react during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Lakers defeated the Nuggest 90-88. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Pau Gasol Will Not Take Pay Cut To Re-sign With Lakers


Perhaps Pau Gasol is working on giving Los Angeles Lakers fans the ultimate (expletive deleted) YOU.

That’s because, when asked, Gasol told Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News that he “probably” won’t take a pay cut in order to re-sign with the Lakers (if that’s even something he would be interested in).

In the interest of the Lakers maximizing their financial flexibility, would Gasol accept taking a significant paycut?

“Probably not,” he said. “You have to explore your options, but I would like to continue to play for the Lakers and maybe finish my career here. But you have to see the cards on the table.”

The Lakers only have two players under guaranteed contracts for next season (Steve Nash and Robert Sacre) and just a little more than $10 million in total salary committed.

Translation: The Lakers have a ton of money to spend next summer, but keeping Gasol at a discount would have been a huge solid for the Lakers. Now we know that isn’t happening.

It’d also be interesting to see if Kobe Bryant takes the lead and re-signs at a discount. Maybe Gasol would follow suit, but right now that seems unlikely.

It sounds like Gasol wants one more “biggish” payday, and he believes that he would get one on the open market. Why blame him?

More importantly, he’s been the subject of trade rumors for the past couple of seasons and I’m sure he’s tired of that. Maybe he doesn’t feel appreciated?

If it were up to me, I would be on the first flight out of Los Angeles once this season ends.

Either way, if you want Gasol next summer, you’re going to have to penny up. Even you, Lakers.

 

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  • Marty Susman

    Pau should be traded in December for a 1st round pick.

    • Michael Saenz

      There are teams in the NBA that would make that trade in a heartbeat, not sure about LA thou.

  • Marty Susman

    This is where the Lakers NEED to go….

    Point Guards, Shooting Guards, Small Forwards, Power Forwards, Centers we should go after; We NEED one of the Points as well as Thompson plus as many of the others on the list we can get. We then fill out the bench with more YOUTH & SPEED. We can have KOBE in charge of the locker room & the floor general so we don’t need any more older ego players…..PLEASE Mitch/Jim don’t go after the Mello’s, LaBron’s, Wades or any other player over 23 or 24 years old.. NO more Nash’s, Jamison’s Etc. Let’s have a super fun team of future super studs we can get behind for many years to come…..The draft picks we get for Gasol, Nash & Blake should get us a future Cousin’s type center & or a 7 foot power forward who can shoot like Dirk & maybe a super fast point.

    We need to trade Gasol, Nash & Blake for 1st round picks in the upcoming draft & with all the bucks we will have even if we sign one of each of the players above we will be below Lux Tax.

    We will end up with a SUPER YOUNG, SUPER FAST, SUPER FUN TO WATCH & A TEAM OF THE FUTURE !!!!!!!

    Kyrie Irving & Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight.

    Klay Thompson & Bradley Beal, Dion Waiters.

    Harrison Barnes, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist & Kawhi Leonard.

    Greg Monroe, Anthony Davis & Derrick Favors.

    Andre Drummond.

    We need to keep, Young, Henry, Farmar, Hill & Sacre & naturally Kobe.

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