Pau Gasol agreed a buy-out with the San Antonio Spurs, late Saturday night and was quickly snapped up by the Milwaukee Bucks, to give them a European big men tandem with Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Milwaukee who are NBA’s top team in the standings have the playoffs in their sight and this is a move that looks to have been made for that specifically.
Gasol is averaging career lows across the board, in minutes, points, rebounds. He is very close to the end of a career that is bound to end up in the Hall of Fame.
But he brings with him playoff and championship experience that will be crucial for a relatively young team as it makes its first serious push towards the Championship.
Pau Gasol is planning to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2019
Still my favorite Pau Gasol pic ever. pic.twitter.com/XX39x5lowQ
— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) March 1, 2019
The Bucks have found great success in their 1 in 4 out offense where they surround 4 shooters around Giannis and he finds them when he isn’t stuffing the rim.
Gasol has a good interior presence on defense and has increased his range to average 36% on 3 pointers in a Spurs offense that doesn’t naturally look for the 3 ball the way Bucks offense does.
If Gasol can continue to raise his 3 point shooting he will be a good fit for the Bucks offense, while Giannis and Gasol playing Euro ball inside the paint is also a salivating thought for the Bucks fans.
Breaking: The Spurs and Pau Gasol have agreed on a contract buyout, clearing the way for the six-time All-Star to be playoff-eligible for his next team, league sources told @wojespn. pic.twitter.com/PjEpaw4lwo
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 1, 2019
“Pau Gasol is an exceptional individual and the ultimate professional. We are grateful for his contributions on the court, in the locker room and in our community.” – Gregg Popovich
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 1, 2019
March 1 is the NBA deadline for any player to get a buy-out with their current teams and be eligible to play in the play-offs for another team.
However, players who have agreed buyouts earlier, like a certain Carmelo Anthony can still be added to other rosters for playoffs as long as they signing is done before the final regular season game for the team signing such a bought-out player.
Any player bought out after March 1st can not play in the play-offs for another team.
When Pau Gasol see Giannis in the Bucks locker room pic.twitter.com/HVBB4KbFX2
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) March 1, 2019
Jon Horst continues to flex on the NBA. Will Pau Gasol play big minutes? No. But this is a guy with championship pedigree who wants to be in Milwaukee for this title run. There were plenty of better options, but nope, he’s agreeing to be a Buck. Crazy.
— Kane Pitman (@mkebucksaus) March 1, 2019
With this signing Bucks have completed their roster and barring any drastic changes, this will be the team that looks to conquer East and head for a possible match-up with the Warriors, with a likely home court advantage.
Pau Gasol released an emotional statement on twitter on leaving the San Antonio Spurs and joining the Bucks.
“Thank you very much Spurs. It has been a dream to play for one of the most successful franchises of the NBA and an honour to be Spurs Family. I am immensely grateful to the staff, team, coaches, RC and Pop. And the fans for making this place so special.” Gasol tweeted as soon as the news broke out.
Muchas gracias @spurs. Ha sido un sueño jugar para una de las franquicias más exitosas de la @NBA y un honor ser #SpursFamily. Estoy inmensamente agradecido al personal, al equipo, a los entrenadores, a RC y Pop. Y a los aficionados por hacer este lugar tan especial #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/WTCMFV10T3
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) March 1, 2019
How do you think Pau Gasol will fit into the already well-oiled Milwaukee machine. A partnership with Giannis could be one to look out for in the business end of the season, going into the playoffs.