BARCELONA (AP) — Pau Gasol is likely property, saying Tuesday that he will indicator to enjoy with FC Barcelona again and rejoin the franchise with which he started out his skilled basketball profession additional than 20 several years ago.
Gasol is a 6-time NBA All-Star, profitable a pair of championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 40-calendar year-old who was born in Barcelona last appeared in the NBA on March 10, 2019, for Milwaukee.
“I’m joyful to return to the club in which I began, and I’m enthusiastic about this new prospect,” he wrote in a submit on social media. “I hope to lead to the to start with crew really soon. I want to thank Barca and its technical workers for creating it doable to be part of them.”
Gasol debuted for Barcelona in the 1998-99 season, was part of two Liga ACB — the best Spanish league — championships in a few yrs, then was the No. 3 decide in the 2001 NBA draft. He was the rookie of the calendar year for Memphis in 2002, won a few Olympic medals with Spain and was part of the team that received the FIBA globe championship, now referred to as the Basketball Globe Cup, in 2006.
Gasol has been bothered by a foot injury around the earlier two a long time, even though Tuesday’s announcement implies he believes he’s all set to engage in once more.
“I want to put my capabilities and knowledge at the disposal of the club at a crucial position in the season, though at the exact same time earning development in my bodily affliction and obtaining into the rhythm of competitors,” Gasol said.
The 7-foot-1 Gasol averaged 17 details and 9.2 rebounds in 1,226 common-period game titles with 5 NBA clubs, which also incorporate Chicago and San Antonio.
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