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Update: Spurs interested in Gasol, but likely can’t afford him

Update: ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted that Pau Gasol is giving the San Antonio Spurs consideration, even if they may not be able to offer anything close to Gasol’s asking price, however the Thunder seem to be the early favorite to land the services of the Spanish forward.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the San Antonio Spurs have shown early interest in Los Angeles Lakers free agent Pau Gasol, but at the moment, Gasol’s asking price ($10-12 million annually) is something the Spurs likely can’t afford at the moment.

The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have inquired with Gasol’s agent Arn Tellem, expressing an interest, sources said, but the Spurs can’t become a legitimate suitor unless Gasol significantly drops his asking price.

In 60 games with the Lakers last season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Gasol will turn 34 years old on July 6.

The expectation is the Spurs’ main priority is to bring back unrestricted free agents Patty Mills and Boris Diaw, more specifically Diaw. There’s also a chance the Spurs could bring back Matt Bonner (at a lower price) and Aron Baynes, who the team has tendered a qualifying offer already.

If the Spurs were to bring back Diaw and Mills, Gasol would have to take a dramatic pay cut to sign in San Antonio. In frontcourt depth, the Spurs currently have Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Jeff Ayres, and Austin Daye on their roster.

In the opening day of free agency, the Spurs have been reportedly interested in three guards (Sebastian Telfair, Shaun Livingston, Troy Daniels), a small forward (Kent Bazemore), and two big men (Rashard Lewis, Gasol).

Livingston has already verbally committed to signing with the Golden State Warriors, while Bazemore is scheduled to meet with the Spurs next Tuesday. Wojnarowski reports that the Heat have contacted Gasol, while other media outlets have reported several other teams have reached out to Gasol too.

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