20 years after leaving for the best basketball league in the world, Pau Gasol is reportedly expected to return to European basketball. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/pao-gasol-is-expected-to-return-to-barcelona.html
The great Spaniard, who is considered to be the greatest Spanish basketball player of all time, is expected to return home to Barcelona on a contract until the end of the season, it was reported today (Saturday) in Mundo Deportivo.
However, the player denied on Twitter: “I heard the news from Spain and wanted to share that I remain focused on my recovery and still not ready to return to the competition. As soon as I have something to declare, I will do it. “
Gasol grew up in Barcelona and played in its ranks for three years, between 1998 and 2001, then left for the NBA. In his first season overseas he was named the rookie of the season and since then for 18 seasons he has starred, won two championships with the Lakers (in 2009 and 2010), been selected 6 times to the All-Star, twice to the second five of the season and twice to the third five of the season.
In his first 15 seasons in the league – 6 and a half seasons in Memphis, 6 and a half in the Lakers and two more in Chicago, he averaged highs – all but one over 16 points per game, all over 7 rebounds per game. In the summer of 2016 he moved to San Antonio where, at age 35, he averaged less impressive averages – 12.4 points per game in his first season and 10.1 in the second, but still remained around 8 rebounds per game and was a reliable inside player for the Spurs. But in his third season he has already become less relevant for Greg Popovich, moved to Milwaukee in the middle of the season and also in its ranks he barely played and at the end of the 2018/19 season left Milwaukee and has not signed a contract since.
For the past year and a half he has tried to return to the NBA, signed with Portland but was released, tried to return to the Lakers to play with his brother Mark, but in the end this did not help. Now, the Spanish chin has decided to return to Spain for half a season so that he can regularly prepare for the Olympics, and he will do so in the team in which he grew up. In about a month and a half, on March 30, if everything goes according to plan, he will meet Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euroleague.
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