Look who has come to join his brother for an Eastern Conference Playoff stretch run. In a surprising turn of events, the Milwaukee Bucks have pounced on the Spurs buyout of Pau Gasol and signed the elder Spaniard to fill out their roster, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Pau Gasol is planning to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2019
The news came less than an hour after the revelation the Spurs bought out Gasol so he could retain playoff eligibility for another team. Given the expediency, one would guess this was a pre-arranged endeavor between the Bucks and Bud’s old pals in San Antonio. Milwaukee’s roster was already full at 17 after the signing of Isaiah Canaan to a 10-day, so one would presume Canaan will get the boot sometime soon. Thank you for your service.
What does Gasol offer the Bucks at his age? Well, he’s appeared in just 27 games for the Spurs this year, with averages of 12.2 minutes, 4.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He’s yet another big body in the mold of Brook Lopez who can stick in the paint for their zone drop scheme, but I wouldn’t expect him to find major minutes any time soon. However, he provides another capable, proven playoff figure who could give spot minutes in a pinch. For a team that was running out Shabazz Muhammad at critical playoff points last year, that’s a major upgrade. Keep those expectations low though, and just be glad he’s no longer battering the Bucks in a Bulls uni.
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