NBA Roundtable

Pau’s Payday

In General NBA on December 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm

The Los Angeles Times reports

Lakers forward Pau Gasol has agreed in principle to an extension that would keep him under contract through 2013-14, and Kobe Bryant has had ever-improving discussions on a contract extension that would keep him with the Lakers for the same period.

On Friday, Gasol smiled and said, “I haven’t signed anything yet,” but it was merely semantics, the stroke of a pen probably completing his extension within a few days after the Lakers’ trip ends Sunday in Detroit, according to sources close to the negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly.

Gasol, 29, made the Lakers instant championship contenders when he was acquired in February 2008 from the Memphis Grizzlies, but his current contract expires after next season. He is making $16.5 million this season and $17.8 million next season, though a three-year extension would net him an additional sum of up to $64.7 million, depending on NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.

Kobe Bryant

Bryant, 31, is also having positive talks with the franchise with which he began his career in 1996. He is making $23 million this season and will make $24.8 million next season in the last year of his contract, but he can tack on a three-year extension worth up to $91 million, depending on future salary-cap figures.

The Lakers payroll is monstrous as is but in three years time? As Pau’s + Kobe’s annual increases keep going up? Whew …

It’s nice to have Jerry Buss as your owner.

Pau Gasol is gong to get an extension of just under $65 million over three years which is worth around $21.5 million per season.

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  1. Dave,

    IMO, the right to play in the NBA’s sandbox isn’t for “wannabe owners” who are in the game for the opportunity to turn a bottom-line profit.

    Those who are not actually in the business/game to try to “win it all” … like Dr. Jerry Buss is, to stroke his own ego AND properly represent the greater community, at-large, which supports the team, in the first place … are simply eating up the resources [i.e. time, effort, money, etc.] of their loyal fanbase for their own personal gain.

    Owners like THAT deserve to be called out for being what they are … i.e. little more than carpet-baggers.

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