Pau Gasol to play in Spain, prep for Olympics

By Field Level Media
Oct 31, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Pau Gasol (16) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pau Gasol has reached an agreement with his former team, FC Barcelona in Spain, to play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season and prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, Spanish-language Mundo Deportivo reported.

Gasol, 40, has been out of the NBA since March 2019, when he underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his foot. He signed with the Portland Trail Blazers as a free agent in the following offseason but never played for the team, instead opting to continue to rehabilitate the injury.

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In 1998, Gasol was a teenager when he joined Barcelona before jumping to the NBA in 2020, where he spent 19 seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Bucks.

In 1,226 career games, he averaged 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He is a six-time All-Star and won two NBA titles with the Lakers.

Gasol is one of just four NBA players to record more than 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks in a career, joining Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 2020 Hall of Fame inductees Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

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Gasol has won two Olympic silver and one bronze medal with Spain.

–Field Level Media