Lakers' Pau Gasol signs contract extension
Finally, it became official today.
Lakers forward Pau Gasol signed his three-year contract extension, a deal that could be worth up to $64.7 million, depending on the NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.
Gasol and the Lakers agreed to an extension last week. Gasol, who will earn $16.5 million this season and $17.8 million next season, will be under contract through the 2013-14 season with the extension.
Gasol is averaging 17 points on 54.3% shooting from the field, 12.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 36.1 minutes.
"Well, I'm extremely happy," Gasol said at news conference at the Lakers' training facility. "It's just a great day."
Also, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who "tweaked" his left knee during Tuesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center, didn't come to the facility today to get any treatment on the knee.
The Lakers are saying that Bryant is expected to play Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on Christmas Day.
The Lakers didn't practice today, but are expected to be back at practice Thursday.
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who was at Gasol's news conference, did say that the organization continues to talk with Bryant's representatives about an extension.
Bryant is looking at getting a three-year, $91-million contract extension, depending on the NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.
Kupchak also said they'll talk with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson about his future when the season is over.
Jackson, the highest-paid coach in the NBA, is in the final year of a deal that pays him $12 million.
-- Broderick Turner