Spurs part ways with center Pau Gasol

Gasol's role with team had diminished over season

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs and center Pau Gasol have agreed to a contract buyout, the team announced Friday afternoon.

The news was first reported by ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, who later reported that Gasol has already agreed to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Gasol had fallen out of the rotation with the Spurs, and has seen playing time in only two of the last seven games.

Gasol began the season getting double-digit minutes, but suffered an injury in November that forced him to miss 28 games. His role diminished upon his return. 

His contract was also a point of contention as he was set to make $16 million this season.

The 18-year veteran and six-time NBA all-star signed with the Spurs in 2016.

He averaged 10 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 168 games with San Antonio.

“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.”

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