Pau Gasol goes residence, saying Tuesday that he’ll signal to play with FC Barcelona once more and rejoin the franchise with which he began his skilled basketball profession greater than 20 years in the past.
Gasol is a six-time NBA All-Star, successful a pair of championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 40-year-old who was born in Barcelona final appeared within the NBA on March 10, 2019, for Milwaukee.
“I’m joyful to return to the membership the place I started, and I’m enthusiastic about this new alternative,” he wrote in a post on social media. “I hope to contribute to the primary group very quickly. I wish to thank Barca and its technical employees for making it potential to hitch them.”
Gasol debuted for Barcelona within the 1998-99 season, was a part of two Liga ACB — the highest Spanish league — championships in three years, then was the No. 3 choose within the 2001 NBA draft. He was the rookie of the 12 months for Memphis in 2002, received three Olympic medals with Spain and was a part of the group that received the FIBA world championship, now known as the Basketball World Cup, in 2006.
Gasol has been bothered by a foot harm over the previous two years, although Tuesday’s announcement suggests he believes he’s able to play once more.
“I wish to put my expertise and expertise on the disposal of the membership at a key level within the season, whereas on the similar time making progress in my bodily situation and entering into the rhythm of competitors,” Gasol mentioned.
The 7-foot-1 Gasol averaged 17 factors and 9.2 rebounds in 1,226 regular-season video games with 5 NBA golf equipment, which additionally embrace Chicago and San Antonio.