The grass is not blue, the sky is not green and, in other unsurprising news, the Los Angeles Lakers have yet to enter any contract discussions with Pau Gasol.
Gasol, along with a host of other Lakers, have expiring contracts this season. That’s no coincidence: the Lakers have planned it this way. Why? Let’s just say that the free agent crop of 2014 is pretty decent, and the Lakers will have a whole load of money to spend due to the way they’ve set up the contracts of their players.
Therefore, it’s not surprising to hear – per Mark Medina – that the Spaniard has yet to talk about any kind of extension with the purple and gold:
[pullquote]Pau Gasol survived yet another season where the Lakers didn’t trade him, but uncertainties still remain.
Those go beyond Gasol’s health after spending this offseason recovering from a knee procedure that entailed reducing the pain in his tendons. After the nixed Chris Paul deal two years ago opened up a floodgate of Gasol offers that the Lakers have rejected, will they want to keep him once his $19 million contract expires after this season?
Not that it’s surprising. But Gasol admitted that the Lakers haven’t begun any formal talks with his agent, Arn Tellum, on a possible extension.
“At some point, if the team is interested, they will approach me and there will be some meeting,” Gasol said. “But I’m not sure when or how. I’m sure it will depend how I perform during the season. The better I perform, the more interested they will be to sign me.”[/pullquote]
Firstly, the Lakers don’t know how Gasol will perform this season – can he stay injury free all year and perform on a nightly basis? Secondly, the team doesn’t know just how much cap room they’ll want to keep free this summer in order to sign free agents. A situation may occur where they want to sign two free agents to max contracts and then try to bring Gasol back on a cheaper deal. Then again, they might decide they want to part ways with the Spaniard next summer and go in a different direction. Either way, it’s too early too tell.
At this point, it would be silly for the team to agree to any kind of deal with the players currently on their roster. After all, there’s a whole season for us to get through before any of this really matters.