The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward/center Pau Gasol to a multi-year contract extension, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Since being acquired by the Lakers on February 1, 2008 as part of a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, Gasol has helped Los Angeles to a 101-23 (.815) regular season record in games he has appeared in. In the postseason, the Lakers have posted a 30-14 (.682) record with Gasol, winning the Western Conference in both trips to the playoffs since he joined the team as well as the franchise’s 15th NBA Championship in 2009.

Gasol, currently a reigning NBA Champion, FIBA World Champion (Tournament MVP) and European Champion (Tournament MVP), earned a silver medal with Spain at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, falling just shy of the gold against the United States. Named the 2008 European Player of the Year, he earned All-NBA Third Team honors in 2009 as well as his second trip to the NBA All-Star game (2006, 2009).

“Over the past year and a half, Pau has quickly developed into one of the best all-around players in the NBA,” said Kupchak. “The impact he has had on and off the court for the Lakers is significant, and we look forward to watching Pau continue as one of the best players in the league for years to come.”

“Coming to terms on an extension for Pau is another step for the organization in its goal of trying to keep the core of this team together for the foreseeable future,” continued Kupchak. “The Buss family recognizes this opportunity and will continue to do whatever is possible to put the organization in position to contend for NBA championships.”

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  • some guy

    Damn, I wanted Bosh

    • http://LakersNation Marwan..

      Damn, at least one of us got what they wanted, right?

  • http://am570radio Phil Buss

    You’ve won a title with this guy, why would you want Chris Bosh? ….nothing against him

  • thanhttrinh

    @ some guy: tell me that ur not serious

    • some guy

      When was the last time pau scored 20 or more for two games straight at least ?

      • http://LakersNation Marwan..

        The reason Bosh puts up the numbers he does is because he is the #1 option on the team. Clutch moments, everything, it goes to Bosh first. Pau puts up the great numbers for a #2 option. So, I say stick with Pau but if we can unload a few bench players (except Odom and Brown) for Bosh then why not, just no starters or core players on the team for Bosh or any other marquee player.

      • NBAmazingKB24

        Bosh wouldnt score close to 20 when he comes to Lakers 14 pts would be it.

  • Robert

    Remember when Pau was w/Memphis? It was all Pau – he did everything. I remember when the Lakers would play the Griz. Pau was a one man wrecking crew – I would always worry when we would play them. Look at him now – I think he’s actually getting better, and learning more. Also, he can (somewhat) dribble the ball – he must be the biggest big man who can dribble. Have you seen Shaq try to dribble? Pretty comical. Pau can do a behind the back, etc. – he can ball handle a little, post up, shoot mid-range (or longer, I’m sure) if he wanted.
    In short, he’s the best 2nd man to Kobe that we could possibly have. If he stays healthy, he’ll be around when Kobe plays out his career with the Lakers. If Phil ever leaves, and the Lakers play more pic & roll, Pau will be essential for that, and the Lakers will continue to be unstoppable (we’d have to get a ‘real’ point guard by then – which I’m sure we’ll do).

  • Batz

    Pau > Bosh

    and I mean that.

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    • some guy

      It is too expensive, I rather watch it on HD at home and relax.