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.