Pau Gasol returning to Spain to play for Barca

Pau Gasol is returning to Spain to play for Barcelona, with the group saying that his deal runs by way of June 30.

The 40-year-old large man started his skilled basketball profession with Barcelona in 1998-99, spending three Liga ACB seasons with the membership and enjoying 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’m happy to return to the club where I began, and I’m excited about this new opportunity: I hope to contribute to the first team very soon. I want to thank Barça and its technical staff for making it possible to join them,” Gasol mentioned in a press release.

Barcelona’s coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, was Gasol’s teammate throughout the 2000-01 season when Barcelona received 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 experiences that he had reached a cope with Barcelona, writing on Twitter that he remained “focused on my recovery and I am not ready to get back to competing just yet.”

Gasol has been trying to regain his fitness to be ready to play in his fifth Olympic Games. He said last year that he needed to play this season to give himself a chance of making it to Tokyo. He is a three-time Olympic medalist with Spain.

Gasol, a six-time NBA All-Star, won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers after being traded to Los Angeles from Memphis in 2008. He also played for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks and has profession averages of 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.

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