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According to a Spanish Radio show called “Carrusel Deportivo”, Pau Gasol and Barcelona are in advanced talks to sign the Spanish legend to a two-year deal.
Gasol has been reportedly trying to latch on with an NBA team for a few months now and appears to have no takers. The center last played in the NBA, as a reserve in the 2018/2019 season with the Spurs and Bucks. Gasol wants to play in the Tokyo Olympics with the Spanish National Team next summer. If he indeed does signs with Barcelona, he will have time to get acclimated with some of his Olympic teammates.
Pau Gasol wants to return to the NBA next season, but hasn't ruled out playing in Spain.
"Keeping my options open but going back to the Los Angeles Lakers would be an “attractive” option, as would be returning to a club like Barcelona in Spain," said Gasol. His decision on his future will be made in September or October. There has been no discussions of the Lakers being interested in Gasol, but the 39-year-old will weigh out his options this fall. Gasol hasn't played an NBA contest since March of 2019. He is currently rehabbing from a left foot injury and stated that he's "feeling food." Gasol averaged 3.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.5 blocks across 30 games for the Bucks/Spurs in 2019.
According to a conversation that Pau Gasol recently had with ClutchPoints, the future Hall of Famer would consider a return to the Lakers to finish out his career.
Gasol last played for the Lakers in 2014. Since his departure, he has played for the Bulls, Spurs, and lastly with the Bucks. The Lakers are already stacked in the front court with Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, and Dwight Howard. If Gasol were to sign with the Lakers it would be for a minimum reserve role. The veteran can be left on waiver wires at this time.
All-Star F/C Pau Gasol is hopeful to play in the Summer Olympics in 2021.
Gasol, 40, was aiming to play for Spain this Summer, but the coronavirus pandemic unfortunately put an end to that. Gasol told the Olympic channel in an interview, “I was hoping before everything changed and got postponed, or cancelled, that I was going to have enough time to heal my injury, to get in an appropriate shape to be able to compete and play and still, at 40 years old, play my fifth Olympics this summer in Tokyo.” He now has his eyes set on Summer 2021, when he’ll be 41 years old, and knows it’ll be a challenge, but one that he wants to take own. He stated, “It is very much still a desire to be able to play my fifth Olympics and potentially that being my very last tournament." Gasol has accomplished many things in his basketball career, including averaging 17 points and 9.2 rebounds per game throughout his illustrious career with Memphis, Los Angeles, and San Antonio to name a few, and wants to go out on top, and who would blame him for that.
Pau Gasol has been waived by the Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Gasol — who hasn’t taken the court in 2019-20 due to a foot injury — appeared in just 30 games for the Spurs and Bucks a season ago. The Blazers are reportedly looking to move him into a coaching position, and it’s highly likely his career as a player is a wrap. The Spanish-born forward earned six All-Star selections, four All-NBA selections, and won two NBA titles over 18 years in the Association.