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Report: Pau Gasol is a "priority" for the San Antonio Spurs in free agency

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The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly one of six teams who have been granted a meeting with the most coveted free agent on the market this summer, Kevin Durant. 

The franchise will speak to the superstar small forward on July 1 but it's likely to be more in hope than expectation of luring him to Texas, which is why he isn't their top priority in free agency.  

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Spurs' number one target this offseason will be Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol.  

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The Spaniard officially opted out of his $7.7 million contract with the Bulls earlier this week, which had a player option for next season.  

He is believed to have already informed the Windy City franchise that he'll be moving on and San Antonio is ready to pounce. 

"I'm told that Pau Gasol is a real priority for them. They tried to get him before he signed with Chicago. The Bulls were able to offer him a little bit more than the mid-level that year, I think the Spurs had a mid-level for him. They can maneuver in San Antonio and probably be able to offer him market value. We'll see what that's going to be," Wojnarowski said on The Vertical podcast.

Even at the age of 35, the six-time All-Star would be a good addition to the Texas-based outfit and potentially provide a strong frontcourt with LaMarcus Aldridge. 

Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

The Spurs front office is keen on bringing the two-time champion on board regardless of whether veteran Tim Duncan retires this summer or not.

The 40-year-old is yet to make a decision on his future but Woj has also reported that the Big Fundamental has exercised his $5.6m player option for next year, but stated that it isn't an indication he'll return for a 20th season. 

What is clear, however, is that with or without the two-time MVP, Gregg Popovich would like to have the services of Gasol at his disposal. 

The seven-footer still posted strong numbers this campaign despite the Bulls missing out on the playoffs for the first time in seven years, averaging 16.5 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in 72 games.

Chicago Bulls v Oklahoma City Thunder

Despite a desire to bring in younger and more athletic players, the Spurs will not totally abandon their trusted philosophy of having multiple veterans on the floor. 

As Woj mentioned, they attempted to recruit Pau last summer before he opted to stay in Chi-town but they have high hopes of luring him to the AT&T Center this time around.

If the former Laker does make the move to San Antonio, he'll certainly be pleasing his younger brother Marc. Just a few months ago, the Grizzlies center advised his brother to take his talents to Texas. 

"My advice to Pau, at his age with the things he cares about, not that (we've talked); my advice would be to go to San Antonio," he was quoted as saying. 

Having lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semi-finals, the Spurs will certainly pull out all the stops to improve their roster in search of championship number six next season and the addition of the experienced big man from Spain will give them every chance of doing just that.

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