Originally Posted by montgod
I could be mistaken, but I would think LAC (they have to pay Griffin, Paul, overpaying Center, Redick, maybe Granger and Barnes, etc.) and HOU (need to pay Parsons soon and drafted a nice PF in Jones) have no money to pay Gasol at the price of 8 mill per year. Besides that, I have a feeling Gasol isn't a fan of Howard and joining back up with him.
OKC might be a player since Perkins might finally be out the door, but I am just not sure that offense would suit his skillset like the Spurs. Not only that, but they are still not proven especially Westbrook who is always injured or making bad decisions at crucial times. Of course this is the year that could change that.
At that age (Gasol), I think you look at what's proven and the Spurs are that IF you really want to win now. I also think the Euro factor plays a role to some degree over those three and the past free agents you mentioned who were all mainly American (besides fact that Spurs didn't have as much cap space for those guys vs. after Bonner's contract expires). Gasol could easily slip into the rotation vs. going to the other places and try to figure it out. I could be over thinking it ... but that's just my opinion.
Griffin and Paul are still under big contracts, Blake's is recent. I'd like to see him in S&B, but the Spurs thrive on getting no-bodies and turning them in to household names. Let's just hope our international flavor is stronger than the ties with Jackson and or more money than the Spurs can offer him. Remember....his older, more injury prone and could just be looking to pad his bank account before his time is up. Most likely the Spurs will not overpay like 29 other teams. If we can win the championship...hopefully that'll sway us a key addition.