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Report: NBA Finalists Heat and Spurs court Pau Gasol

Jul 1, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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Pau Gasol has plenty of potential suitors. The most-mentioned teams – Lakers, Knicks and Mavericks – just aren’t going anywhere quickly.

Maybe – maybe – Dallas could win a playoff series next year. After all, the Mavericks will still have Dirk Nowitzki. But reaching the second round is unlikely, and the Lakers and Knicks face much steeper climbs.

So, Gasol – who played in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 NBA Finals – must at least listen when the two participants in the 2014 NBA Finals call.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free-agent center Pau Gasol had a telephone conversation with Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Tuesday and could talk again with the franchise in the near future, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

So far, Gasol is still pushing for a $10 million-$12 million annual salary, league sources said.

The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have inquired with Gasol’s agent Arn Tellem, expressing an interest, sources said

The Heat could use Gasol’s size, allowing Chris Bosh to play more power forward and LeBron James more small forward. But that would really alter Miami’s small-ball identity. Then again, at some point, it’s worth adding talent when you can and crafting an identity around what’s in place.

If Bosh and Dwyane Wade are willing to take as small of contracts as reported, the Heat could give Gasol his desired salary. I’m not totally convinced Bosh and Wade would go that low, but it’s at least out there.

The skilled Gasol would be an excellent fit for the Spurs, but they can offer only a three-year, $23,650,910 contract based on my projections. To do that, they would have to renounce Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes. In that scenario, San Antonio could still re-sign those players, but it would have just the room exception ($2,732,000) and minimum-salary deals to offer.

I get that Gasol wants more money, but I doubt he gets $10 million per year. Maybe the Lakers offer it. Maybe The Mavericks do. The Knicks certainly can’t, and I doubt the Heat can either.

Once Gasol explores his options, he might find San Antonio and Miami tempting destinations with decent-enough salary offers.

  1. enigma2742 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    MAN I LOVE PAU GASOL AND I REMEMBER WHEN HE WENT FROM MEMPHIS TO THE LAKERS AND HELP TAKE THAT FRANCHISE TO 3 STRAIGHT NBA FINALS AND 2 CHAMPIONSHIP HIS NUMBER SHOULD BE RETIRE IN THE STAPLES CENTER

    • spursareold - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      STOP SHOUTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    The Heat already have Chris Bosh, they don’t really need a white Chris Bosh.

    • therealhtj - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Different players really. Pau was always a post guy, with a little dash of midrange jumper thrown in to keep defenses honest. On his best day, he never had Bosh’s athleticism. Just like on Bosh’s best day, he never had Pau’s low post game.

      Agreed the Heat don’t need him though. Spurs neither. They have Tim Duncan – they don’t need a lesser version of Tim Duncan.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        I meant they’re both known as the two “softest” bigs in the league. One is enough.

  3. patfic5 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Can you imagine how he much he would thrive in SA? Plus he’d get another ring next year.

  4. balsagna - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    The prospect of Miami forming a roster any better than last year seems to be dwindling at this point. Maybe after having the whole NBA watch you get dismantled in the finals, it takes some of that luster off the “Big 3″. I don’t see anyone knocking down the door to sign with the Heat, and certainly not on the cheap.

    Heat fans are going through the same denial phase Cavs fans went through in 2010. I look forward to reading some of them rationalize that free agency is going well for the Heat.

    • campcouch - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      I won’t thumbs down that,but I’m sure my denial phase ended after he said he was going to South Beach. I still have my 23 James jersey,it cost like $175 and I can’t afford to burn money!

      • zoomy123 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        Frame it, wait 20 years, then sell it on ebay.

    • zoomy123 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      The problem isn’t that nobody wants to play for the Heat. They’ve been to the finals 4 years straight and they have some obscure guy named Lebron James… The problem for the Heat is that they have no money to sign quality talent.

      • lmoneyfresh - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        Exactly. Guys will give up some money to win but they won’t give up tons of money to.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      HA! This is the first day of free agency and the day isn’t even over yet. Miami will be where they always have been with James/Wade/Bosh regardless of who they put around them. Back in the Finals.

    • kinggw - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      That’s an asinine claim to make after one day.

      As of today only one player the Heat targeted has been signed and his sticking point was length of contract, not any of that psychobabble you are trying to sell.

      The Heat aren’t going to get every player they set their sights on but I’d bet they’ll improve the roster. And contrary to what many people who are hoping for their demise believe, the Heat don’t need to do that much. Kyle Lowry would be nice, but Anthony Morrow would also be a good addition. I know you’d like to make this a sky is falling moment for Heat fans but this current situation bears very little similarity to what happened in 2010

      • pl4tinum514 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        The Heat won’t win another championship. Battier, Miller, guys like that were and are severely underrated. Doesn’t matter who they add – unless you have quality guys like that on your bench you aren’t going to win a championship. Especially not with Bron choking/cramping/whatever and Wade/Bosh underperforming.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:16 AM

      “This point” is day 1 of free agency, and you’re doing armchair psychology on people you have never met based on an almost complete absence of actual information.

      Welcome. You’ll fit in well here.

  5. luz56 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Great player that was treat like crap in LA…all that glitters is no longer gold in Laker land…just ask the Romans what it was like when their empire burned.. Emperor Buss thinks the logo is the draw… I’ve got news for you Jimmy just because you were the fastest sperm that day doesn’t mean you can run what daddy built. .. Players see what you have done to Gasol and want no part of it

  6. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Of course Pau is going to the Heat. Isn’t everybody?

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Pau, Deng, Isiah Thomas… who else?

  7. smoothaswilkes - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    “I doubt he gets $10 million per year”

    If Gortat is getting $12 million per, then Gasol is worth at least that. Better player, better stats even in an “off” year for him 17.4ppg 9.7ppg.

    Sure, he’s been dealing with injuries of late but a lot of that was not wanting to play for D’Antoni. He plays more games under a different coach – mostly because he’s not getting benched or having his minutes jerked around. He’s going to be energized next season and somebody will be lucky to have him. Hopefully, it’s the Lakers.

  8. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Boston’s big 3 ended. The lakers 3 peat ended. The Heat, Lebron a has been and a never was are over.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Pierce, Garnett and Allen 30, 31 and 32 when they first formed and they contended for 5 years after that. LeBron is 29 and Bosh just turned 30. LeBron is now at the age where Kobe went to his first Finals with Gasol. So this Heatles show is just getting started, friend. Buckle up!

    • ranfan12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:15 AM

      how exactly is lebron a has been, in case you are being serious lol.

      • c2poke88 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        ranfan12, you missed his point. seesickcecil was saying that Lebron, a has been (Wade), and a never was (Bosh) are over. It’s an idiotic opinion, but that’s what he was saying.

      • ranfan12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        yeah i see that now. i can understand why people often complain about my lack of commas lol

  9. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Now that a week or so has gone by I think your forgetting the beat down that just happened in the finals. Wade looking a hundred years old. If amnesia makes you feel better then go ahead and forget.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      …in the finals… for the 4th consecutive year… that’s not changing. Get your popcorn ready, Cecil. Heat-Thunder II. Heat in 6.

  10. sportsfan18 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Pau gets so little love…

    Don’t get your panties in a bunch Kobe homers…

    Kobe is obviously a better player than Pau…

    But I just want to state some things for Pau…

    In Pau’s TOTAL time on the Lakers, his win shares per 48 minutes is .185

    In Kobe’s TOTAL time on the Lakers, his win shares per 48 minutes is .182

    Again, ya’ll, Kobe IS better. Context is needed. Pau has played 7 seasons for the Lakers. His win shares per 48 for Memphis was only .153 and his career win share per 48 min’s is only .168

    So Kobe’s career .182 is HIGHER than Pau’s.

    BUT, BUT, BUT Pau had a MUCH HIGHER win share per 48 minutes the first four seasons he was on the Lakers.

    So, not for one game, one good stretch or even one good season, but for 4 yrs (plus 27 games in the year he was stolen from Memphis for a bucket of spit) his win shares per 48 min’s were the best on the Lakers, much higher than Kobe’s…

    Uh, that was during their title years together too…

    Oh, speaking of their title years, in the 2009 NBA Finals, they stacked up like this

    Pau 42.5 min’s per game
    Kobe 43.8 min’s per game

    Pau 18.6 points per game
    Kobe 32.4 points per game

    Pau took 60 field goal attempts
    Kobe took 135 field goal attempts

    Pau shot .600% from the field
    Kobe shot .430% from the field

    So Kobe ONLY scored so much more than Pau because he took MORE than two shots for each one Pau took.

    Pay shot a much HIGHER percentage from the field.

    Had Pau taken 135 field goals like Kobe did while shooting .600% or close to that, he would obviously have scored MORE than Kobe did on his .430% shooting…

    Pau’s offensive rating in that Finals series was 132
    Kobe’s offensive rating in that Finals series was 111

    Pau’s defensive rating in that Finals series was 99
    Kobe’s defensive rating in that Finals series was 100 (lower is better for defensive rating).

    So, the ONLY thing Pau wasn’t better really was well… he didn’t take as many shots as Kobe did even though he shot a much HIGHER percentage.

    Pau would have scored more than 32 points a game with the amount of shots Kobe took…

    Kobe got the Finals MVP for scoring 32 inefficient points compared to Pau’s scoring…

    Guess being a ball hog paid dividends for Kobe that series…

    Again, for their ENTIRE careers, it’s Kobe no question… much better player overall…

    During those four seasons though, Pau was a LOT better than people realized because Kobe got all the limelight…

    Here are their win shares per 48 min’s for those four seasons…

    2008/09

    Pau .223
    Kobe .206

    2009/10

    Pau .220
    Kobe .160

    2010/11

    Pau .232
    Kobe .178

    2011/12

    Pau .165
    Kobe .132

    Again Kobe homers, Kobe is MUCH better than Pau overall for their careers, not even close.

    However, for ONLY those four seasons, it is very close.

    Yet ask everyone and it was Kobe, Kobe, Kobe (er Marsha, Marsha, Marsha)

    Oh, Pau has HIGHER career PER than Carmelo Anthony does…

    Pau is older, slowing down, but his game was never pure athleticism…

    As long as he’s healthy , he should age well, play like Duncan (just not as well, but that style).

    Many bums are getting paid and Pau is better than so many of them and deserves more…

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      Too long, didn’t read.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:38 AM

        hopefully when you grow up your attention span does too…

        sucks to not be able to pay attention to read for 18 seconds…

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      Jeez man, every post is a novel. Lol How do you even find the time?

      And how many times have you written a whole bible’s worth of stuff for it to only get blocked by this site? 9/10 times I even type 1/3rd of what you type it gets blocked for some reason.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:40 AM

        ‘Merica is gettin too soft…

        block this, block that…

        can’t say ANYTHING…

        darn politically correct crap…

        one day, it will bite us ALL and hard…

        We’re gonna be sorry… hopefully after I’m gone though…

    • loungefly74 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      thank you for the stats…again, sports! lol. ehh, its cool. i see your point and i’m glad you pointed out the most important factor of pau’s and kobe’s shared time in LA…3 finals trips.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      My argument would be that the reason Pau numbers were so good is not having full attention span because of Kobe. But don’t get me wrong, those championships would not have happened without Pau at all.

  11. jzone954 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Still waiting to hear the team in the east that is planning to take Miami? If Miami was rocking Wade Bosh Lebron and the crew from TNT in Barkley, Shaq and Kenny, there is still no one in the east taking them out.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Apparently it’s the Raptors. Or the Wizards. Some team is going to be deemed the next Nets or the next Knicks, and every Anti-Heatite from here to Australia will be talking about them all year long as being a major “threat” to the King and his Royal Knights.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:41 AM

        Da Bulls!!!

        P.S. As long as they do NOT get Melo…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:04 AM

        And if they don’t get Melo what are they going to do? It seems like they’re putting all their eggs in that one basket.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Won’t be long before the Cavs take them down, with or without Bron…

  12. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Spurs beat heat 4/1 in one of the worst beat downs in NBA finals history! Poor cheat fans. The Spurs outscored the Heat in the series by the largest average point differential (14.0) in Finals history. It’s not going away. Wade is not getting younger lol.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      The Spurs have to find a way to make it out of round one first. lol.

      Heat-Thunder II. Heat in 6. Bron NBA MVP. DPOY. Finals MVP.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:46 AM

        Anti

        you say the Spurs have to get out of the first round…

        And you are right. The west is tough, deep, competitive etc…

        So many folks talk about the Heat’s four straight finals… but it was in the East…

        I really don’t think the Heat would have made four straight titles if they were in the West.

        Trade the Spurs and the Heat from West to East and the Spurs would have been in 4 straight finals easily.

        Thunder too if they were in the East.

        So, folks say it’s so great the Heat made four straight finals… but the conference they are in DOES whether one likes it or not diminish what they did….

        I do think Lebron will be the MVP again next season. He will not be the DPOY though.

        Finals MVP? Nope cause the Heat won’t make the finals next year…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        No, I don’t think the Thunder would’ve been able to beat the Big 3 Celtics back in 2011 and 2012. They probably wouldn’t have been able to beat the Bulls in 2011. The Spurs team that lost in the first round in 2011 probably wasn’t beating the Celtics either.

        Back in about 2011 and 2012 the top teams from the East and West were about even. Rose was MVP and the Bulls were chugging along. Every Western Conference fan turned into a Big 3 Celtics fan convinced that they were going to throttle Miami.

        And last year I think the Pacers would’ve beaten every team in the West except the Spurs.

        So I don’t think there is any other team in the league that could’ve went to 4 straight Finals except LeBron’s team. Look what he had to do in order to do that – epic game after epic game. Who else was going to do that?

      • loungefly74 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        well…we could go back a little further (regarding your comment about the Spurs exiting in the 1st round)..after Miami won the title in 2006, the next 4 seasons were 3 1st rd losses and 1 missed playoff. so not sure why you keep harping about the Spurs 1st rd loss. OH….I’m sorry, life began when James joined the Heat so anything before that did not count. got it. sorry, forgot who i was speaking too. I am right though, right? seriously, you are just a James fan, i get that…but when you start talking about “teams”…your stuff just loses a lot of mojo. thats the price you pay for not having a team…and i get that, you’re not from America…but the Heat existed before James got there…and they went through some rough times just like every other team…but I’m glad you’re there to enjoy the success of the Heatles right now, there are the most exciting team to watch. watching your team, errr player…win/reach the Finals is a magical moment where years/decades of loyalty go into full swing of bliss.

        yeah…I could totally see a Heat/Thunder Finals in 2015. I’m sure that is what Vegas has…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        Yeah, LeBron doesn’t lose in the first round so I don’t know why you’re talking about Miami in 2007.

        The reality is that the Spurs losing in the first or second round next year is more likely than James not making it to the Finals.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        what? i’m talking about in “team” aspects. are you comparing the Spurs to Lebron James? because one would compare the Spurs to the Heat. you talked about the Spurs losing in the first round…the Heat have done that as well…and like i said, you are coming from when the Heat acquired Lebron, well, they had a history before that. Your viewpoint of comparing a player to a team is flawed. Also james had 2 seasons where the Cavs missed the playoffs…which is worse than losing in the 1st rd.

        thats just a weird comparison you do…a player to a team? the spurs playoff history to James’ last 4 years? why? what an odd choice to make comparisons about. strange. but i guess because you follow a player, which is fine, and because you are not from America, but it is just a weird comparison…but whatever.

  13. patfic5 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    OKC…not that your penny pinchers would but ijs……

  14. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    You had better hope the Bulls don’t get Melo my tiny brained friend.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Wait a second… that sounds familiar… “you better hope the Knicks don’t get Melo or it’s over for you pea-brained Heat bandwagoners!”

      Melo won’t do anything to Miami for the same reason Durant can’t. LeBron neutralizes their team’s main advantage and neither Melo or Durant can reciprocate.

  15. money2long - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Imagine if the heat big 3 sign for a lot less if they heard from both jameer Nelson and pau gasol that they will sign with them?
    Anyone think lebron will take significantly less money in that scenario ?

    • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      For those two? No.

      • money2long - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        Ur crazy. But if it did happen you’d shout their praises to the high heavens.
        And heat fans would say pau gasol is the best big man since wilt chamberlain.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        Well you didn’t ask me if I thought they’re any good – you asked if James would take a large pay cut for the likes of Nelson and Gasol. I don’t think so.

      • money2long - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        Maybe you missed the point.
        In your eyes if “those two” joined the heat, they wouldn’t just be those two. They’d be wilt and Isaiah.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:03 AM

        That wasn’t the question though. I was thinking about it from James’ point of view… if he felt he would need to take a significant pay cut for those names, and I don’t think he would. The fan base will find a way to love anybody. They’re all difference makers in the offseason.

  16. seasickcecil - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Lebron James is better than Melo. Everyone knows that. But Rose. And Noah? And Gibson? So much better than Wade and Bosh. Not even close. Even someone as delusional as yourself can see that. But then again you seem to keep denying what happened in the finals. So yeah. Go Heat lol. The Heat are over. Sorry pal.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Right, right… that’s why the Bulls always give the Heat so much trouble in the playoffs… because all of their players are much better than Wade and Bosh. lol. No.

  17. seasickcecil - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Bye the way antistratfordian. You did see the finals did you not. I mean the beat down. You saw it right?

    • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      Yeah, I saw the Spurs lose home court advantage because LeBron single handedly beat them in Game 2.

  18. jzone954 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    WE REALLY STILL TALKING ABOUT THE BULLS?!?!?!? STILL??? That’s ship has SAILED , and when Melo resigns with the Knicks maybe we can end the bulls chatter.

    • kb2408 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      That not 1, not 2, not 8 ship has sailed too.

      • spursareold - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        ISWYDT

  19. seasickcecil - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    antistratfordian. Your basketball knowledge is limited. Your pro heat posts are pathetic. Everyone knows you love the Heat. As far as you your concerned the 2014 finals beat down never happened. You should just go away and stop making a fool of yourself.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Now the baby is crying. I’m not even a Heat fan, btw.

      The 2014 Finals is history. I’m not expecting the Spurs to make it back to the Finals. Tony Parker stunk last year and his drive is probably not going to be great this year. TD and Pop aren’t going to be as driven – they’ve atoned for Game 6 – both of them are thinking more about retirement.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        If you’re not a Heat fan then I don’t exsist and neither does this website. I’m a man that’s in a coma dreaming about going on a basketball blog every day. When I finally wake up I’m going to find out that I don’t even have a WordPress account and never did.

  20. wilmyers09 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    antistratfordian hey idoit bosh can play pf and center

    • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      Yeah, I know – he can shoot threes and grab 4 rebounds from any position.

  21. kb2408 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    If it’s between the Spurs and the Heat, Pau will choose the Spurs. He wants no part of the Eastern Conf, unless it’s the Bulls. I will be mildly surprised if he leaves the LAKERS though.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      would also love to see Pau stay…and i also love redheads and blondes but that is not a shocker as well. hehe!

  22. kb2408 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I love the fact that Miami will most likely not get any of the free agents they really want. The lure of playing with LeBron obviously is not enough to make players flock there. Especially not if they can get more money elsewhere. Why would Pau, or any other productive player, take less money to go there? I guess Riley’s power of persuasion, which has always been overrated, is not enough. Nor is South Beach. This players are all millionaires, if they want to hang out on South Beach they can do that anytime without actually living there. How important is South Beach to an NBA veteran with a family anyway?

  23. mutasian - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    he comes to the clippers…i’m sure cp3 will forgive him.

  24. c2poke88 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    What?!? The Spurs are going after a marguee FA?!? I guess Spurs fans will have to abandon their ‘Built, Not Bought’ mantra.

  25. cashtext4all.com - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Miami Heat desperately need a guy like Gasol if they are to win the trophy again, but again, I doubt Gasol takes the minimum to play for them.

    If The Heat can’t improve the squad, then there’s no reason to stay and should look elsewhere to win as much rings as possible…Houston Rockets is perfect team.

    To follow sports prediction, check out blog below.

    http://tinyurl.com/GasolMoney

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