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Gasol will return home to play for Girona from LEB Oro, which is the second division of Spanish basketball. The great man is the owner and founder of the team.
Gasol made the announcement Thursday, via Johnny Askounis of Eurohoops.net.
It comes after the Memphis Grizzlies announced on September 15. they gave up the veteran after acquiring him from the Los Angeles Lakers through trade. NBA reporter Marc Stein noted at the time that the move was made so that Gasol could play in Spain.
Before the decision was made official, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced that the Grizzlies plan to work with Gasol to formulate a plan that would see him stay in Spain with his family for the start of the 2021-2022 campaign.
Gasol started playing professionally in Spain in 2003 before starting his NBA career with the Grizzlies in 2008-09. He came to Memphis as part of a trade that sent his brother Pau to the Lakers.
Coming back to the Grizzlies and then being sidelined looked like a potential moment for Gasol, considering that’s where he started his NBA career, but he did. tell reporters in August, he planned to return for a 13th season and complete his contract with the Lakers.
He played his first 10 full seasons in Memphis and was traded to the Toronto Raptors in his 11th in 2018-19. He helped lead the Raptors to the championship that year as a veteran, then played for Toronto again in 2019-20 before adjusting for the Lakers in 2020-21.
Gasol is a three-time All-Star selection, a two-time All-NBA selection and a two-time Olympic silver medalist who won the 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year award.
He’s also a Grizzlies legend who ranks first for rebounds, first for blocks, second for points, second for games played, second for assists and third for steals on the all-time roster of the franchise.
However, he took on more of a supporting role for the Lakers 2020-21 and averaged 5.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. The totals were well below his career averages of 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 blocks per night.
While his prime is in the rearview mirror at this point, he still joins Girona as someone who can extend their game beyond the arc to open up the paint, facilitate the high elbow and help control the boards.