After two-and-a-half seasons in San Antonio, Pau Gasol is moving on. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Gasol and the Spurs agreed to terms on a buyout that makes him eligible for the playoffs. Wojnarowski added Gasol will sign with the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks.
Gasol gives Milwaukee something it's missing on the roster: Championship experience. There are few better teammates and mentors in the NBA. https://t.co/xs4NvB5SqH
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2019
Gasol was in the second year of a three-year, $48 million agreement he signed in July 2017. The deal included a $6.7 million partial guarantee for 2019-20, per ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
The Spurs tried to showcase him prior to the trade deadline, but they didn’t find a buyer.
With the Bucks, Gasol will not see the court that much. Brook Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova split the minutes at the five, while the four is held down by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Mirotic. Gasol can get some scattered minutes behind them, but he’s not going to be a significant contributor on the court because that’s not who he is anymore. Gasol is smart and can still be efficient, but father time is winning the race with the 38-year-old.
Gasol will provide a veteran presence with championship experience on a young Bucks team with NBA Finals aspirations.