Los Angeles Lakers fans must be surprised when the home team recruited Marc Gasol, but perhaps they were even more surprised with his salary.
Reputable sources simultaneously reported that Marc Gasol accepted the contract with the minimum wage for veterans with over 10 years of experience. LA Lakers will pay only $ 2.56 million a year for the 35-year-old senior.
Although Gasol has turned 35, he is still a quality striker with rich experience, excellent defense and intelligence in his game. GM Rob Pelinka showed his negotiating skills when he persuaded the NBA Best Defense Player of 2013 to receive this salary.
Before that, both the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors wanted to recruit the Gasol brothers. The Warriors are trying to clean up the salary fund to bring the salary to nearly $ 9 million, while the Raptors have the bird right of the Spaniard and can offer higher salaries than any other club. However, both these teams only wanted to sign a 1-year contract, so Marc Gasol nodded at the Lakers’ two-year offer.
However, with the signing of a 2-year contract with the 35-year-old striker, the Lakers will not be entitled to incentives from the NBA. Usually, 1-year contracts with the minimum wage for veterans will only be charged about $ 1.6 million in the salary fund, regardless of the actual amount of the player. However, this long-term contract makes the defending champion directly deducted $ 2.56 million per season from the salary fund
LA Lakers is working to clean up the salary fund to strengthen the squad. If not including Anthony Davis, which has not yet renewed, the Yellow – Purple team currently has only 10 players. To make room for Gasol, they exchanged JaVale McGee for Cleveland Cavaliers for Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie, players with lower wages.
Marc Gasol was chosen by the Lakers himself in the 2007 Draft period, but he was immediately traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, replacing Pau himself. In the first 10 years of his career, he was the mainstay of the Grizzlies and made several times in the All-Star squad.
In Los Angeles, the 35-year-old will search for his second ring. In 2019, Gasol was traded to the Toronto Raptors and was immediately successful with the NBA Championship beating the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in the Finals series.