The San Antonio Spurs didn’t waste any time after losing out in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.
The Spurs agreed to a two-year deal with veteran forward and former Laker Pau Gasol on Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press.
The deal is worth more than $30 million and final terms will be completed after the Spurs make a move or two to create the necessary cap space, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until Thursday.
The Spurs were one of six teams granted a meeting with Durant last weekend and had hoped to sell the most coveted available free agent on joining the most consistently successful American sports franchise of the last two decades.
But Durant announced Monday that he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, making the Western Conference even more daunting for the Spurs and other contenders.
That didn’t stop the Spurs from remaining aggressive in hopes of matching a team that won a league-record 73 regular-season games and just added Durant to a roster that already included All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Gasol, who helped the Lakers win championships in 2009 and ’10, has been one of the league’s most talented and versatile big men for the last 15 years. He spent the last two seasons in Chicago and averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season, his game showing few signs of aging even as he prepares to turn 36 on Wednesday.
Wade gets an offer
Dwyane Wade has been extended a two-year, $40-million contract offer to stay with the Miami Heat, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told AP.
The second year would be at Wade’s option, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing.
The contract, if accepted, would essentially match the career-best $20-million salary that Wade made last season. This is the second consecutive summer in which Wade and the Heat have had a rocky time finding common contractual ground, and the issue this time could be more about the length of the deal than the compensation.
Wade has left millions on the bargaining table in past negotiations with the Heat, though some of that sacrifice also helped the team win championships in 2012 and 2013.
Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes reportedly are headed to the Dallas Mavericks from the Warriors.
A person with knowledge of the deals said that the Mavericks have agreed to acquire Bogut with the Warriors trying to clear salary cap space so they can add Durant.
The person also said that the Mavericks are set to sign Barnes, who will become an unrestricted free agent after the Warriors renounce his rights. The Mavericks had informed Barnes they would him extend him an offer sheet as a restricted free agent, but now the sides have agreed to a maximum contract and Barnes will sign a four-year, $95-million deal.
Seth Curry agreed to sign a two-year, $6-million free-agent contract with the Mavericks. . . .
Brandon Jennings agreed to a one-year, $5-million deal with the New York Knicks. . . .
No.1 draft pick Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers made his NBA summer league debut in Salt Lake City, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists in about 24 minutes before leaving the game because of cramps in his calves.