Gasol's extension worth $57 million

December, 23, 2009
By Marc Stein

Pau Gasol's extension is worth an even $57 million over three seasons, according to figures obtained by

The official numbers on Gasol's three-year extension with the Lakers starting in 2011-2012 were circulated through the league late Wednesday afternoon.

The year-by-year breakdown of the extension: $18,714,150 in 2011-12, $19,000,000 in 2012-13 and $19,285,850 in 2013-14.

Gasol is earning $16,452,000 this season and is scheduled to earn $17,823,000 next season in the final year of his previous contract.

The contract, according to league-issued specifics obtained by, also contains a trade kicker.

UPDATE: Capologist extraordinaire Larry Coon checked in via his Twitter feed with the reminder that the Gasol figures, even though they've been circulated leaguewide, are technically "tentative" because the first-year amount in an extension can't exceed the league's maximum salary. The rules in the next collective bargaining agreement, starting in 2011-12, could change how maximum salaries are calculated, so his first-year max salary could still be lowered from the $18,714,150 currently earmarked for the Spaniard that season. The total value of Gasol's deal, in that scenario, would have to be reduced.

Marc Stein



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