Pau Gasol is returning to Spain to play for Barcelona, with the group asserting that his deal runs by June 30.
The 40-year-old huge man started his skilled basketball profession with Barcelona in 1998-99, spending three Liga ACB seasons with the membership and taking part in with the group within the inaugural season of the Euroleague (2000-01), earlier than making the bounce to the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies within the 2001-02 season. He was named the NBA’s Rookie of the 12 months in his first season with Memphis.
“I am completely satisfied to return to the membership the place I started, and I am enthusiastic about this new alternative: I hope to contribute to the primary group very quickly. I wish to thank Barça and its technical workers for making it potential to affix them,” Gasol mentioned in an announcement.
Very completely satisfied to return again dwelling.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Força Barça! 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/6CewIY2Bil
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) February 23, 2021
Barcelona’s coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, was Gasol’s teammate through the 2000-01 season when Barcelona gained titles within the Copa del Rey de Baloncesto and the Liga ACB. Gasol was MVP of each finals.
On Saturday, Gasol had denied Spanish media studies that he had reached a cope with Barcelona, writing on Twitter that he remained “centered on my restoration and I’m not able to get again to competing simply but.”
Gasol has been making an attempt to regain his health to be able to play in his fifth Olympic Video games. He mentioned final yr that he wanted to play this season to provide himself an opportunity of creating it to Tokyo. He’s a three-time Olympic medalist with Spain.
Gasol, a six-time NBA All-Star, gained two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers after being traded to Los Angeles from Memphis in 2008. He additionally performed for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks and has profession averages of 17.0 factors and 9.2 rebounds.
He final performed within the NBA in 2018-19, ending the season with Milwaukee.
The Related Press contributed to this report.