After a number of studies and rumors tying him to the membership, Pau Gasol has formally confirmed that he’ll reunite with Barcelona, returning to the crew with which he began his skilled basketball profession.
“I’m very glad to announce that I’m coming residence and that I’ll quickly be a part of the ranks of Barça’s basketball crew,” Gasol stated in an announcement. “… I’m glad to return to the membership the place I started, and I’m enthusiastic about this new alternative: I hope to contribute to the primary crew very quickly.”
A number of studies method again in July 2020 indicated that Gasol would signal with Barcelona, however these studies had been shot down rapidly on the time because the 40-year-old continued to work his method again from the foot points that ended his final NBA stint.
Over the weekend, studies of Gasol becoming a member of his outdated crew as soon as once more surfaced, and the veteran heart as soon as once more issued a denial that any deal was accomplished. Nonetheless, this time round, it appears as if there was an settlement in place and he merely needed to announce it on his personal phrases.
Gasol final appeared in an NBA recreation in March 2019, when he briefly performed for the Bucks. Since then, he has undergone a number of surgical procedures to restore stress fractures within the navicular bone in his left foot however by no means gave up his hope of constructing a comeback. The Spaniard had talked
repeatedly about eager to play for both the Lakers within the NBA or Barcelona in his residence nation and has expressed his want to characterize Spain within the Olympics one final time in Tokyo.
Gasol’s cope with Barcelona represents the following step in his comeback efforts, however primarily based on his announcement, it appears like he gained’t play key minutes for one in every of Spain’s high golf equipment immediately. Inside his assertion, Gasol talks about lending his “abilities and expertise” to the crew whereas “making progress in my bodily situation and entering into the rhythm of competitors.”
The third total choose within the 2001 draft, Gasol started his NBA profession with Memphis after enjoying for Barcelona from 1998-2001. He finally spent 18 seasons within the NBA for the Grizzlies, Lakers, Bulls, Spurs and Bucks, averaging a powerful 17.0 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 3.2 APG and 1.6 BPG in 1,226 regular-season video games. He’s a six-time All-Star who gained a pair of championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, in addition to three Olympics medals (two silvers and a bronze) for Spain.