Pau Gasol Rumors

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Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
Position: C
Born: 07/06/80
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Salary: $16,800,000
Pau Gasol is currently under contract with the San Antonio Spurs. If what I am hearing comes to fruition, that contract will be relocated to Philadelphia and the 7-foot Spaniard will be teaming up with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons next season. When you are having simultaneous conversations with people all around the world and not a single person is telling you “That is untrue,” you have a smoke/fire situation. And what I am hearing is that a trade scenario that would send Gasol to the 76ers is very much in play as one of the various Kawhi Leonard deals being pondered by the San Antonio Spurs.
Gasol spoke with the Spanish media recently and touched on the situation in San Antonio. Needless to say, Gasol doesn’t know if things can be salvaged especially after Kawhi’s reported trade demand surfaced. Via EpDeportes: “I do not know if the situation can be rectified after Kawhi’s request to leave, I do not know if a multi-million dollar offer would fix it, he has not talked to him for a long time, he’s a very reserved player.”
Storyline: Kawhi Leonard Trade
The Spanish superstar speaks up with a personal blog titled “The Last Taboo” for Expansion, about the importance of players speaking up about their mental health. In his entry, Gasol acknowledges the fact that the NPBA has now put solid foundations to a mental health program, which he is totally in favor of, following the stories of Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan. Gasol writes: “Throughout the history of sports we have seen numerous examples of professionals who have been affected by mental health problems and more and more are talking openly about it. Recently, after his retirement, my friend Andrés Iniesta commented without hesitation in several interviews about the depression he suffered a few years ago, accentuated by a series of injuries and the sudden loss of his friend Dani Jarque. Fortunately, his case is a story with a happy ending because, thanks to his effort and dedication, he managed to continue with his successful sports career.”
Storyline: Mental Health
Gasol: “The NBA is the competition that dedicates the most effort so that players learn to coexist with the demands of professional sports. Examples of this are the programs for rookies that are normally carried out before starting their first seasons in the professional league or the Player Assistance Plan, which includes mandatory meetings for all players in the league during each season, that help us to be aware of the different factors and dangers that will affect us throughout our careers and beyond. But, undoubtedly, this new mental health program launched by NBPA is a milestone that will mark what are the steps to follow to improve the emotional and psychological well-being of athletes in all professional competitions around the world.”