Pau Gasol is an amazing teammate, the best PF in the league, and shows amazing selflessness.
L.A. Times: The contract numbers have arrived: Gasol will officially make $57 million over his three-year extension, saying he took less money so the Lakers could allocate more toward other players over that time. Gasol, 29, could have earned an additional $7 million on his extension, which kicks in after next season.
“I’m thankful for this franchise,” Gasol said. “I’m thankful that I got traded here for whatever reason. It’s a privilege to be part of this team so I don’t mind compromising for the benefit of the team and the franchise and still get paid very, very well.”
Bryant said he was “excited” for Gasol but declined to tie Gasol’s extension to his own. Bryant, 31, is negotiating an extension that would also keep him under contract to 2013-14.
“What does his thing have anything to do with me playing five years?” Bryant said flatly. “But, no, I’m happy for him.”