Pau Gasol: "I want to play for a winning side"

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Pau Gasol is two-time NBA champion, but the Spaniard isn't going to settle for that.

The Los Angeles Lakers star will be a free agent at the end of the season and says he is weighing up his moves, but admitted that he does want to play for a contender again.

“Options open,” Gasol said on his official website. “Honestly I’m not ruling out renewing my contract, I’m just open to every option. My decision will be based purely on sporting considerations. It couldn’t be any other way."

"I want to be in a team with a real chance of winning a ring and where I can help to compete for it. I would like to win another championship. The financial side comes second at this stage of my career.”

HoopsHype translated the blog that was originally in Spanish and he did admit that he could re-sign with the Lakers but you can tell the desire is there for him to get onto a team with a real chance of winning.

But Gasol did add that money and contract length won't decide where he ends up. The 33-year old has made quite a bit of the money already in the NBA as things stand, and a sportsmen never loses that need to win and if Gasol still has that burning desire then he wouldn't mind a lesser contract in exchange for another shot at a ring.

“I’m a free agent with no restrictions. That means I can go wherever I want,” Gasol explained. “The Lakers don’t have any bargaining rights. My franchise has the chance of offering me more money and a longer contract, but that’s not all that’s going to matter as far as my decision.”

Gasol, 33, is averaging 17.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this season in a Lakers side that are officially the worst in the Western Conference and Gasol has become notedly exasperated at coach Mike D'Antoni's failing offense and the selfishness of his teammates. 

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