>>Pau Gasol Headed To San Antonio
The San Antonio Spurs didn't waste any time after losing out in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.
The Spurs agreed to a two-year deal with veteran forward Pau Gasol on Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
The deal is worth more than $30 million and final terms will be completed after the Spurs make a move or two to create the necessary cap space.
Gasol has been one of the league's most talented and versatile big men for the last 15 years. He spent the last two seasons in Chicago and averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists this year, his game showing few signs of aging even as he prepares to turn 36 on Wednesday.
>>Durant Headed To Golden State
In a stunning turn of events, Kevin Durant has decided Monday to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the 73-win Golden State Warriors.
Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting it's a two-year deal for $54.3 million and the second year is a player option.
The best regular-season team of all-time just got significantly better despite an Oklahoma City team that was right on the cusp of becoming the best team in the world itself is now officially scrambling.
>>Tim Duncan Reportedly Leaning Towards Retirement
Hidden under the fervor of Kevin Durant's free agency decision to head to Golden State, a future Hall of Fame icon could also be leaving, for good. Yahoo Sports reports that San Antonio Spurs icon Tim Duncan is "leaning strongly," toward walking away.
Duncan has left team officials, close associates and friends with a strong belief he's preparing to make an announcement in the near future on his departure, sources said.
Duncan turned 40 this year, and was left nearly unplayable against the Thunder, though obviously that's not as much of a concern now. Several times during their series vs. the Thunder, Duncan would stand alone at the free-throw line during OKC's introductions, absorbing the moment. After being blocked in the Thunder's Game 6 victory over the Spurs, he ambled to the bench slowly.
Durant activated his player option for next season at around $6 million, and Manu Ginobili announced earlier this week that he would return for his 15th season. There's ample reason for Duncan to return, but he may simply have reached the end of his time as an NBA player.