Sources reported that Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City Thunder coach, met on Monday with coveted free agent Pau Gasol in Southern California, but the team quietly believes that it a “long shot” to acquire the player’s services, and pay per head sportsbooks wonder what Gasol will ultimately decide to do.
This happened to be the latest in a series of pitches to the player by members of the Thunder organization. Price per head services found out that last week, the courtship started with a phone conversation on Tuesday that took place between the two-time NBA champion and general manager Sam Presti, which was followed up by a tag-team face-to-face appeal on Wednesday from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Despite Oklahoma City’s determination in trying to persuade the 34-year old Gasol to play with Serge Ibaka – his Spanish national squad teammate – and the reigning MVP in Durant, a league source said that the Thunder believes that it is a “long shot” to acquire Gasol, and many pay per head sportsbooks agree.
Pay per head sportsbooks know that under the luxury-tax line, the Thunder is limited to about $5 million in spending cash to offer Gasol, but hoped that its position as a championship contender – coming off an appearance in a Western Conference finals in the spring – would speak to the player more than money would.
According to a league source, during the meeting that the Spaniard had with Brooks, the 13-year veteran asked Brooks plenty of questions about the quality of life in Oklahoma City and was thinking aloud about leaving a culturally diverse city like LA and moving to middle America, and pay per head sportsbooks are fully aware of the impact that a move like this could have on the player.
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Gasol’s fans all over the world can’t wait to see what the future holds for him, and developments will be closely followed by pay per head sportsbooks all over the world.