lawlzHoopsworld: After back-to-back road wins, the Los Angeles Lakers have caught the Boston Celtics for the best record in the NBA at 20-4. While Kobe Bryant’s buzzer-beating game-winner over the Milwaukee Bucks was the highlight, Pau Gasol had a monster game with 26 points and a career high 22 rebounds.

The Lakers are 12-1 with Gasol this season after an 8-3 start while Pau nursed a preseason hamstring strain back to health. Since the team acquired Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies, they’ve been to the NBA Finals two straight times with their most recent championship to show for it.

It’s no wonder the team is looking to keep him around for as long as they can . . .

A well-placed source has told HOOPSWORLD that Gasol and the Lakers are nearing a three-year contract extension.

Currently Gasol’s deal is set to expire after next season. He’s currently earning $16.5 million for the current campaign and $17.8 million for the next.

The additional three years would be the maximum permitted under the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

While it’s not clear what dollar figures are being discussed, Gasol would be eligible for $18.7-$19.7 million in the first year of the extension depending on where the salary cap falls that year.

Continue reading ‘Lakers and Gasol Nearing an Extension’

  • gugy

    Gasol and Kobe deserves all the money they ask.
    These two guys are the key for the Lakers success for years to come.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan..

    Good to hear. Now seeing that Pau is signing an extension, hopefully Kobe can get it done with now so it doesnt linger on like the Odom resigning.

  • chadb

    Wow, love to see the Lakers being so pro-active. Locking Pau down is a no brainer. Perfect B-ball player and guy for this team. Future looks bright!

  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    Damn, I would rather have CB4

    • http://LakersNation Marwan..

      Can CB4 pass like Pau? Although Pau and Bosh are similar, I would rather stick with Pau because of his chemistry with Kobe, its through the roof (everytime Kobe sees Pau, he says thank you). Who knows how Kobe and Bosh will mesh together.
      I would stick with Pau.

      • TOUCHING_MYSELF

        Agreed! I’d rather have our FLAMENCO DANCER in Pau than the RUE PAUL of the NBA in Bosh! Pau is so much more versatile and dependable! There’s a reason why the longest losing streak that the Lakers have suffered since Pau’s arrival is only at 2… just 2! They’ve not lost more than 2 in a row since Pau’s joined the team! Doesn’t that prove his importance and value to the team?

        There’s no way that they should mess with the chemistry with the core group. They’re in a groove and they’ll continue to be a force to be reckoned with. Pau’s got great moves around the basket and a solid jumper all the while securing boards and hitting routine free throws. All this and then you add in his passing ability and court awareness for a big… and people want to see CB4 in his place? Wow!

        Pau may not be flashy or exciting, but the Lakers don’t need that. They need a DEPENDABLE cast around the EXCITING AND FLASHY Kobe, not the other way around. There’s a reason why Popovich is still crying about the Gasol trade; he knows that Pau is the missing ingredient to the Lakers NEW DYNASTY! When a great coach like Popovich is concerned about Pau’s presence, fans should take heed!

        GO LAKERS ON SIGNING PAU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        AND GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

    Pau is more skillful than Bosh. Bosh is putting up better numbers because he is the number one option on his team.

  • kobe2k10

    i agree with jack, pau has the same killer instinct kobe has thats why their chemistry is so good.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan..

      Team W L W L Best Worst Playoffs Division No. 1 Finals Champs Lottery*
      LA Lakers 20 4 58 24 74-8 41-41 99.8 84.8 56.0 35.5 16.4 0.0
      Team W L W L Best Worst Playoffs Division No. 1 Finals Champs Lottery*
      Boston 20 4 62 20 75-7 45-37 100.0 100.0 55.2 41.7 28.5 0.0
      Atlanta 18 6 58 24 72-10 40-42 100.0 69.4 28.2 30.8 19.9 0.0

    • http://LakersNation Marwan..

      Woops forget my comment, it didnt come out right.

  • getgarnett

    Trade Ga-soft for KG!!!

    • http://LakersNation Marwan..

      How about we trade your ass outta here to CelticsNation. Wait, there is no Celtics nation, so get outta here.

    • lakerman1

      No thanks. Besides he had his chance to be a Laker. Let him stay with Boston gives us more reasons to hate the Celtics. Pau and KB have great chemistry why mess that up. Also L.A. owes KG, PP & RA a tale whooping in the Finals. We don’t need him or Bosh either.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan..

    Ok now this is BS. On ESPN.com they predict the playoffs and champs, but heres the thing. They have Celtics, Cavs, Hawks and Magic as “100%” making the playoffs and Lakers at “99.8%”. I understand that Lakers will make it for sure but still, they arent given the credit for that.
    They have Celtics at “28.5%” for winning the championship and Lakers at “16.4%”. Get this, Hawks have a better chance of winning the ring at “19.9%”.
    Why doesnt the media give respect where its due, and it was due a long time ago for the Lakers and it still hasnt arrived.

    • lakerman1

      I hear ya. Gives us all the more reason to prove them wrong. If we stay healthy there is no way we don’t win the Title. Watch how they change there tune when the Lakers are up 2 zip in the Finals. I hate when the game is on that station because then we have to listen to Van Gundy, i like it though when Mark Jackson puts him in his place. Our games ought to be banned from that station.

    • gugy

      ESPN just want to jinx the Lakers. They do not like us there. It has been like that for years. Let them go for Prince James and let the Black Mamba strikes them once again.

    • TOUCHING_MYSELF

      You can bet on this being more FUEL for Kobe’s fire to REPEAT! PJ and Kobe will be able to work this to their advantage and they’ll be able to get Pau, Bynum, LO, and Artest to play with a chip on their shoulders to take no prisoners come playoff time!

      Imagine that, the DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPS, and you’re the underdog to 2 other teams that didn’t even make it to the Eastern Conference Finals last year! Fcuk the 4 LETTER EVIL EMPIRE!

      FCUK ESPN!!!!!!!!!!
      FCUK COCKSTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      FCUK THE ATLANTIC HUMMING BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!
      AND FCUK ALL THAT EAST COAST BIAS BULLSH!T!!!!!

      GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Robert

      Hollinger’s statistics are tainted and inaccurate, and are based on Hollinger’s algorithms. For both the ‘playoff odds’ and the ‘team rankings’, Hollinger integrates some ‘real’ data (team-team standings, team-team matchups, etc.), but he includes what one can consider ‘subjective’ weighting factors. Also, he may not include all the most important parameters. Hollinger and his statistician have arrived at ‘one way’ to look at things.
      Compare with Marc Stein’s rankings (for example). Not that I put stock in any ESPN statistic, but Stein takes into account intangibles that are not quantifiable in Hollinger’s alogrithms.
      I can explain the ‘playoff rankings’ a little bit. The fact that the Lakers have 99% chance of getting into playoffs, compared with the Celtics having 100%, is based on the fact that the East is a weaker conference (statistically). The Lakers are in a tougher conference, so the ‘eighth seed’ in the West may be better than the ‘4th seed’ in the East (at this point). In fact, the East is so bad, that the 100% statistic is appearing only after 25 plus games! That speaks poorly for the East.
      These statistics will change drastically when we reach playoff clinching time, and after the season is over, they will essentially be meaningless (because it will be obvious who makes the playoffs – AND – there’s no way of telling who will make it through playoff rounds based on team-team matchups during the regular season, and the other compiled statistics).
      Hollinger’s statistics are just interesting reading, that’s all. After the Lakers win the Championship, we can throw all that crap out.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan..

      This isnt the first time this happened and it wasnt the first time the Lakers proved them wrong either.
      Last season, when the playoffs kicked in, NBA.com created the playoff matchups “predictions” that was worked out using “algorithms and statistical mathematics” and it wired down to the finals. They had 2 different matchups in the Finals, between the Lakers and Cavs, or Lakers and Celtics. The Lakers made it, which is good, but they would then be defeated in the finals by either of the 2 teams. Now heres the thing, Celtics were without KG and they were still picked over Lakers. The Lakers swept the Celtics in the season, by 5 points (9 points XMAS win and 1 point OT win on the road) and still Lakers lost to them in the predictions. The Cavs were swept by the Lakers in the season by an average of 13.5 points (17 point home win in January and 10 point road win) and yet, Lakers still lost to Cavs in the “predictions”. They used mathematical statistics and algorithms? Seems like bias statistics they used to work it out. Well, the Lakers won it and proved them wrong and it seems like these “statisticians” havent learned their lessons about the Lakers. You predict a loss, they prove you wrong, you predict a playoff exit, they win the championship. Its that simple.

  • Anthony

    Give Gasol whatever he wants. He’s the definitely the one player that makes it all work. Kobe is great, no doubt, but Gasol seemingly makes everyone around him much better.

  • daboss1848

    How about a discount Pau?

    some of u guys are funny with your Lakers against the sports world mentality:
    Lakers picked to win ship in 2008 = ESPN just trying to jinx
    Lakers not picked to win ship in 2010 = ESPN just trying to jinx

    any1 else confused?

  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    CB4 niggaz