Pau Gasol Reaches a Buyout Agreement with the Spurs, Will Join the Bucks

Pau Gasol in 2016
Pau Gasol in 2016. Photo by Muddy Ignace/Dydppa/REX/Shutterstock

Pau Gasol’s time with the San Antonio Spurs is over, as the two sides agreed to a contract buyout according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski. Once the process is finished, Gasol is expected to join the Milwaukee Bucks.

While the Spurs are still to confirm the news, Gasol already said his farewell on social media.

“Today, I bid farewell to Spurs,” – the 38-year-old center wrote on Twitter. “It’s been a dream to play for 1 of most storied franchises in NBA history, an honor to be part of Spurs family. To all the staff, my teammates, the coaches, RC, Pop and, above all, the fans, thank you for making this place so special.”

The breakup between Pau Gasol and the Spurs was long coming, as the six-time All-Star saw his role being diminished in 2018-19. Gasol was posting all career-lows this season, averaging 4.2 points and 4.7 rebounds while playing just 12.2 minutes per game. It also didn’t help that he struggled with injuries and missed 26 games this season.  

It is expected that Gasol plays more prominent role in Milwaukee, as he will be backup to Brook Lopez. Besides being a great cover for the center position, Bucks also hope that he will provide leadership and mentorship to their younger players, and help them with his experience in the playoffs.