Pau Gasol signs 3-year deal with Spurs

Octobeer 25, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball against San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have signed Pau Gasol to a three-year contract.

The Spurs announced the signing on Monday. Gasol opted out of the two-year deal he signed last summer to give the Spurs more salary cap flexibility to supplement the roster in free agency. But he always intended to re-sign with San Antonio, where he averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in just over 25 minutes per game last season.

Gasol played 64 games, filling a starting role and coming off the bench for a team that won 61 games and lost to Golden State in the Western Conference finals.

Gasol’s help allowed the Spurs to add Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul in free agency.