Pau Gasol Wants to Sign New Contract with Bucks During 2019 NBA Free Agency

Quinn Harris/Getty ImagesVeteran center Pau Gasol , an impending unrestricted free agent, said Thursday he's hopeful of re-signing with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2019-20 NBA season.

Gasol signed with the Bucks in March after being released by the Spurs once he completed his recovery from a stress fracture in his foot.

When Milwaukee signed Gasol, head coach Mike Budenholzer said superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was particularly excited about the opportunity to play with the two-time NBA champion.

"To hear him talk with such reverence about Pau and everything he's done in his career is pretty cool," Budenholzer told reporters in March.

Two other members of the Bucks' frontcourt rotation, center Brook Lopez and power forward Nikola Mirotic, are set to hit the open market this summer, meaning Milwaukee will likely look for cost-effective depth.

So, while it wouldn't be surprising if Gasol re-signs, the front office will likely handle other issues on its summer to-do list before deciding whether to offer him a new deal.

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