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Spurs’ Pau Gasol Not Thinking About Retirement

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San Antonio Spurs veteran big man Pau Gasol isn’t about to hang up his shoes and retires just yet, despite the recent retirement of Manu Ginobili.

“I’m not thinking about retirement at the moment,” Gasol, 38, according to the AFP. “Thought I know it’ll come at some point and time, my plan and focus is to enjoy this season to the max.”

“I want to keep giving it my all, making a difference and loving what I do.”

Gasol has played 17 seasons in the NBA and averaged 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game during the 2017-2018 season.

 

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Bucks’ Pau Gasol Out for Season

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Milwaukee Bucks veteran big man Pau Gasol is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a navicular stress fracture in his left foot, according to an official team announcement.

Gasol, who hasn’t played since March 10th, posted 3.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks this season.

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Timberwolves’ Ryan Saunders Expected to Become Permanent Head Coach

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Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over the helm when the team fired Tom Thibodeau, is expected to become the team’s permanent head coach, shedding the interim tag.

According to Britt Robson of The Athletic, Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor has already implemented changes in the organization following what proved to be a taxing and tumultuous season, but Saunders won’t be among any widespread changes.

Saunders led the team to a 17-25 record during his 42 game stint with the team.

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Lakers, Tyronn Lue End Talks

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have ended their talks about bringing Lue on as the next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

Per reports, Lue and his representatives turned down the Lakers’ offer on Tuesday, which is believed to have been a 3-year deal worth $18 million, prompting Lue to pull out of negotiations.

Lue was reportedly seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship resume.

Additionally, the Lakers had proposed a number of scenarios involving their preferred selections for assistant coaches, including former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who has been tied to the Lakers organization in recent months.

Lue is a preferred choice of Lakers superstar LeBron James, due to their relationship from their days together with the Cleveland Cavaliers, highlighted by a 2016 NBA Championship.

Additionally, Lue was part of Lakers championships in 2000 and 2001.

Lakers adviser Kurt Rambis and general manager Rob Pelinka had interviewed Kidd for the head-coaching position, and from those discussions they became convinced that Kidd should be a key member of a Lue coaching staff.

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