Report: Heat talk with Gasol; Spurs, Lakers also in mix for free-agent center

Free-agent center Pau Gasol has spent the past six seasons with the Lakers.


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The Miami Heat’s main focus is re-signing the Big Three. But that doesn’t mean the Heat aren’t looking to improve other parts of the roster.

Team president Pat Riley had a phone conversation with Pau Gasol on Tuesday, and the free-agent center could speak again with the organization in the near future, Yahoo! Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Gasol, who has spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, is seeking $10 million to $12 million a year, according to the report. The Heat are not expected to have enough cap space to meet those demands if they re-sign free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Wojnarowski is reporting that the San Antonio Spurs have also expressed interest in Gasol. But Gasol’s contract demands would also have to be significantly reduced in order for the defending champions to have a legitimate shot at signing the four-time All-Star.

The Lakers met with Gasol on Tuesday and could be one of the few suitors who could meet his salary demands, if only for one season, according to the report. Gasol averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds for the Lakers last season.