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Pau Gasol Finalizing Deal with San Antonio Spurs

The Blazers had made an aggressive offer on Gasol.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (12:04 PM): In order to make finances work and sign Gasol, the Spurs need to trade Boris Diaw, according to Wojnarowksi:

Following Kevin Durant's decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors, unrestricted free agent Pau Gasol has decided to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Portland Trail Blazers were rumored to have offered Gasol a two-year, $40 million contract. Gasol's deal with San Antonio will be for considerably less money than he could have made in Portland, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors were also interested in his services.

The 36-year-old Gasol averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game in yet another all-star year last season. With news breaking earlier today that Spurs forward/center Tim Duncan is leaning toward retirement, it is likely that he will take over at the starting center slot and play alongside former Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge.