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Blazers, Spurs Lead The Race To Sign Pau Gasol

The Blazers are on the short list for All-Star and former NBA Champion Pau Gasol. But the Spurs may be inching ahead.

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Associated Press writer Jon Krawczynski reports on Twitter that the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs are leading the race to sign former All-Star Pau Gasol. Gasol, who will turn 36 next week, is an unrestricted free agent after finishing a stint with the Chicago Bulls. This will be his 17th season in the NBA, and he was a member of the All-Star team in February.

Gasol averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists during the 2015-16 NBA season. The Blazers’ interest appeared yesterday, and increased after they agreed to terms with Boston free agent Evan Turner. Gasol has also been linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he could be a veteran influence on a young team.

Portland’s salary cap space is heavily dependent on their free agents: Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless are restricted, and the Blazers can match any offer if desired. Gerald Henderson is unrestricted, and can sign with any team he wishes. Until those decisions are made, they combine for approximately $34 million in cap holds.