Spurs officially signed Spanish Big-man Pau Gasol

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Spanish Big-man Pau Gasol
Spanish Big-man Pau Gasol at Eurobasket 2011. Image by Christopher Johnson via Flickr.

The San Antonio Spurs today has officially signed forward-center Pau Gasol. After the retirement of Tim Duncan on Monday, the San Antonio Spurs will be beefing up a front line that will be without Duncan next season for the first time in 19 years. However, with the arrival of the Spanish Big-man, Pau Gasol will fill up Tim Duncan’s position. The Spurs have also re-signed Manu Ginobli.

The 7-foot Spanish big-man is a six –time NBA All-Star, he has won two NBA titles both with the Los Angeles Lakers (2009, 2010). The 36-years old Pau Gasol is one of the league’s most talented and versatile big men for the last 15 years. He was originally drafted with the third overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks before being dealt on draft night to the Memphis Grizzlies where he was awarded as the 2002 Rookie of the Year.

The Spurs did not announced per club policy and terms of the contract, but a person with knowledge of the situation previously told The Associated Press that he has a two-year deal worth more than $30 million.

With his game showing few signs of aging and an unselfish player, he should fit right in with Gregg Popovich’s ball-moving system, and the Spurs’ reputation for resting players for the playoffs had to be appealing to Gasol.

Portland, Minnesota and Toronto are some of the suitors lining up for him. The Wolves offered him a two-year deal worth $36 million dollar to open negotiations, but the Spanish big-man wanted to play for a team ready to contend for a championship.

The San Antonio Spurs also signed 6-foot-5 guard out of Washington, Dejounte Murray, 7-foot center Dewayne Dedmon, 6-foot-10 forward Davis Bertans, 6-foot-3 guard Ryan Arcidiacono who helped lead Villanova to the NCAA title last season, and Bryn Forbes, another 6-foot-3 guard from Michigan State.