After being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs now have a huge offseason ahead that will shape their immediate future.
However, the end of the San Antonio Spurs' five-game playoff run doesn't also signify the end of Pau Gasol's playing career. With his 17th season now in the books, the 37-year-old center still feels he has a future where he can continue playing for several more years and still be effective.
"I have plenty of gas in the tank. I feel I can do a lot of good things on the floor. Hopefully, I'll play, in my mind, three or four years at least, "So that's what's on my mind" said Gasol.
"But knowing that I also take it one year at a time, and try not to look too much too far into the future, because a lot of factors might come into play. I feel like I've had a pretty good season, very efficient for the minutes and opportunities that I've been given. One of my most efficient seasons (probably) seasons when I look at it."
Despite starting in 63 of the 77 games he played in the regular season for the Spurs, Gasol was a reserve in their first-round series with the Warriors.
He didn't have a huge impact as he averaged just six points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 18 minutes per game in his backup role.
In his 77 outings in the 2017-18 campaign, however, he posted 10.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block and showed he can still be productive.
The Spaniard has had a Hall of Fame career in the league and will be remembered as one of the most consistent big men when he does eventually bring his illustrious career to an end.