February 23, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) moves the ball against Brooklyn Nets power forward Mason Plumlee (1) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Lakers’ Pau Gasol says loyalty will take back seat in free agency

The Los Angeles Lakers tried to trade Pau Gasol during the recent NBA trade deadline, but simply couldn’t find the perfect deal which would have netted them youth/draft picks and no additional money moving forward.

Not exactly an easy task when you’re attempting to trade away an aging veteran with a $19 million dollar contract who is set to become a free agent at season end.

Speaking of Gasol’s impending free agency, while he does suggest that he’s open to re-signing with the Lakers, he does hint that loyalty and cash flow will take a back seat in his decision making.

“My franchise has the chance of offering me more money and a longer contract, but that’s not all that’s going to matter as far as my decision,” writes Gasol. “Honestly I’m not ruling out renewing my contract, I’m just open to every option… I want to be in a team with a real chance of winning a ring and where I can help to compete for it. I would like to win another championship. The financial side comes second at this stage of my career.”

Rumors have hinted that Gasol wouldn’t mind playing with his brother Marc in Memphis, though they currently don’t appear to be much of a title contender – something Gasol is understandably looking for.

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  • hookedonnews

    Not exactly breaking any new ground here. Good to know that money is not the driving force because the Lakers are certainly not going to be in a position to offer him a big contract.

  • Laura Waddell

    I’m very disappointed to hear Pau’s comment about loyalty. Through all the trade rumors these past couple of years, he’s supposedly been all about loyalty to his team. Now, he says its all about winning another ring.
    I’m old enough to remember when players stayed with one franchise their entire career. Nowadays, these guys change teams more often than most people change their underwear. I remember when players developed a loyalty to their franchise & their fans. These days, all players are interested in is how much money can they put into their pockets & how many rings they can put on their fingers…forget about the fans who shell out the cash to buy tickets to their games or purchase their merchandise.
    It’s Pau’s career to do what he wants with. I guess I can understand wanting to make money aned collect rings…that seems to be the main force that drives professional athletes these days. After all, like the rest of us mere mortals it’s just a job at the end of the day. It’s disheartening for those of us who remember the good old days. I thought Pau was different. I guess I was wrong.