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Pau Gasol Signs Deal, Wade Offered A Deal

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Free agent Pau Gasol signs a two year deal with the Spurs worth 30 million dollars. The second year will be a player option.  Gasol’s top two options were the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs. The 36 year old Gasol spent the last two season with the Chicago Bulls. He was a solid defender for them and gave them a offensive spark. He averaged 16.5 points and 11 rebounds a game, but missed the playoffs due to injury.

The Spurs feel like Gasol will be a great fit because of his unselfish playing style and his leadership on and off the court.

 

Heat offer All Star Dwayne Wade a two year contract worth $40 million dollars. The rumors about the Heat offering Wade 10 million was false according to the organization. Wade received heavy interest from the Denver Nuggets and the Milwaukee Bucks. Even though teams

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

showed interest in Wade, most NBA executives knew Wade would most likely stay with the Heat.

Wade in the past has taken pay cuts to help the team manage the salary cap and bring in top tier talent.  This time around he wanted to get paid and on numerous times made that clear to Heat organization.

“I hope that everything is quiet and works out the way I want it to,” Wade said in his exit interview in May. “But I have no control over that, as much as people might think. It’s a lot of moving parts in free agency. I’m not worried about it. I’m not getting into how many years I want to play. Just because I sign a contract doesn’t mean it’s going to be it; that I’m going to play that contract out. The contract I look to sign this summer is something I hope I’m comfortable with.”

Wade averaged 19.0 points, 4.6 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in his 13 year career with the Heat. Wade was selected to the All-Star game for the 12th time this past season.

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