We are deep into NBA Free Agency now and somewhere close to two billion dollars has now been spent by teams acquiring new players and negotiating new contracts.
HUGE FREE AGENCY
Kevin Love, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis are all set for life after signing deals worth over $100M to stay at their current teams for the long term, while Goran Dragic, DeAndre Jordan, Draymond Green, Reggie Jackson and Jimmy Butler all got very close to breaking three figures themselves.
Well, another player has now joined the likes of Love, Lillard and Davis in that $100M+ club, Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.
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Gasol The Grizzly
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Gasol has agreed to a five-year, $110-million max contract offer from the Grizzlies to stay in Memphis for the foreseeable future.
"The deal includes an early-termination option after the fourth year in 2018-19, league sources said. Gasol met with Grizzlies owner Robert Pera in Spain last Wednesday, and progressed toward a final agreement over the next several days," Wojnarowski said in his report on the contract late last night.
Never In Doubt
This contract was about in much danger as the United States women's team were in after Carli Lloyd netted her third from the half-way line against Japan in the Final. Gasol was always going to stay with the Grizzlies, it was just a question of when, rather than if.
Gasol attended high school in Memphis while his older brother, Pau, played for the Grizzlies, and the Spaniard has spent all seven seasons of his NBA career with Memphis.
Gasol has become the best center in the entire NBA right now, with the Grizzlies. The 30-year old was first-team All-NBA this season and is a former defensive player of the year, plus he averaged 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds a game for Memphis last season.
Gasol was even better in the postseason this year as the Grizzlies beat Portland before losing to Golden State in six games. He averaged 19.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.73 blocks in 11 games and also shot 85.2 percent at the free throw line.
Gasol is the embodiment of Memphis' 'Grit n Grind' philosophy, and the Grizzlies fans will be rejoicing that he's decided to stay with the team.