Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Tuesday that Gasol and the Spurs are focused on reaching a longer-term agreement to keep him in San Antonio.
The 36-year-old six-time All-Star signed a two-year deal with the team last July to help fill the void left by retired legend Tim Duncan.
Last season, Gasol averaged a career-low 12.4 points to go along with 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks across 64 games as he took on more of a complementary role with the Spurs. He still ranked 15th among qualified centers in player efficiency rating, though, according to ESPN's Hollinger Stats.
In May, the former member of the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls revealed it wasn't easy to accept lesser involvement, per Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News.
"It's been a little bit of a challenge," Gasol said. "I knew it was going to take some time to adjust to a new situation, find out what my role was going to be. And I just tried to follow the lead and the direction of the coaching staff. And I tried to fit in at first, right? You just try to fit in, try not to be disruptive, and do your best at the same time, and be yourself. It was a little bit of an adjustment for me, changing roles."
The Spurs could look to make at least one significant change to the roster before next season after getting swept by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. On June 2, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported point guard Chris Paul is one possible option.
Whether or not San Antonio is able to find the missing piece to keep pace with the star-studded Dubs, it sounds like Gasol will remain in the fold, barring a late change of heart from either side.