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Pau Gasol will opt in for the 2017-2018 Spurs season

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Pau Gasol is planning to play next year for the Silver and Black

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Interviewed for a story in Sporting News, Pau Gasol indicated that he was happy to be a Spur and expected to exercise his player option for the 2017-2018 season.

“My intention is to continue here, and to be here as long as I can,” said Gasol, who will turn 37 before the start of the 2017-18 season.

This is good news for Spurs fans, since Pau has been a good player on the floor, but he’s also been great as a veteran leader on a team that suddenly has a lot of young players. He’s done his part to help the team transition away from the Tim Duncan era into the Kawhi Leonard epoch.