Spurs and Pau Gasol part ways
March 1, 2019
8:07 p.m. ET
The San Antonio Spurs and Pau Gasol agreed to part ways today. The team announced a buyout agreement with the veteran forward/center.
Playing just 12.2 minutes per game this season, with six starts in his 27 games played, Gasol, whose NBA career is winding down, was averaging 4.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists, this season, on solid 46.6% shooting from the field.
“Pau Gasol is an exceptional individual and the ultimate professional,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “We are grateful for his contributions on the court, in the locker room and in our community.”
Last season for the Spurs, Gasol averaged 10.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The season before that, he put up 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per outing.
Gasol originally signed with the Spurs on July 14, 2016. He will now reportedly head to the championship-focused Bucks, according to multiple reports.
Gasol is one of four players in NBA history to record over 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks in his career. The other players to accomplish this rare feat are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
The Bucks are going all-in this season. Already enjoying an excellent season, they recently added another frontcourt talent in Nikola Mirotic.
Currently an NBA-best 47-14, the Bucks are on a six-game winning streak through Thursday's games and certainly look like a top contender in the East to reach the NBA Finals. Gasol can help with that quest, likely as a backup at both the power forward and center spots.