Pau Gasol agrees on three-year deal to return to San Antonio Spurs

Free-agent center Pau Gasol has agreed on a three-year deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told ESPN on Friday.

The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year of the contract, league sources said.

Gasol, 37, will be starting his 17th NBA season. The six-time All-Star has averaged 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds for his career.

He declined a $16.2 million option for the 2017-18 season in June. That gave the Spurs salary-cap space to complete several other offseason initiatives, including signing free agents Rudy Gay, Brandon Paul and Joffrey Lauvergne. The Spurs are also finalizing a deal to re-sign Manu Ginobili for his 16th season with San Antonio.

Gasol signed a two-year deal with the Spurs a year ago and averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds a game.

Gasol fractured the fourth metacarpal on his left hand in January, and eventually lost his starting job to Dewayne Dedmon. Still, Gasol embraced the new role, and transformed into somewhat of a stretch 5 to better fit his new responsibilities off the bench.

ESPN’s Michael C. Wright contributed to this report.

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