Paul Gasol (Pau Gasol) returned to Spain to play for Barcelona, the team announced that his trade will continue until June 30.
The 40-year-old big man started his professional basketball career in Barcelona in the 1998-99 season, spent three La Liga ACB seasons at the club, and played with the team during the inaugural season of the European League (2000-01) Before jumping off the building. Entered the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2001-02 season. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season in Memphis.
“I am very happy to return to the original club and excited about this new opportunity: I hope to contribute to the first team soon. I want to thank Barcelona and its technical staff for being able to join them.”
Glad to be home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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-Paul Gasol (@paugasol) February 23, 2021
Barcelona’s coach Sarunas Jasikevicius was Gasol’s teammate in the 2000-01 season, when Barcelona won the Copa del Rey and the ACB of La Liga. Gasol is the MVP of the two finals.
Last Saturday, Gasol denied the Spanish media reports that he reached an agreement with Barcelona, writing on Twitter that he is still “focused on my recovery and I am not ready to compete again.”
Gasol has been working hard to restore his health, preparing to participate in the fifth Olympic Games. Last year, he said that he needs to participate in this season’s games to have a chance to enter Tokyo. He is Spain’s three-time Olympic medalist.
Gasol has been selected to the All-Star six times and won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers after being traded from Memphis to Los Angeles in 2008. He also played for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks, with career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds.
He last participated in the NBA in the 2018-19 season, completing the season with Milwaukee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.