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Pau Gasol has not appeared in a game since March 2019 and has undergone two surgeries since then to repair stress fractures in the navicular bone in his left foot, he told ESPN. Doctors first discovered the stress reaction in the fall of 2018, when Gasol was beginning his third season with the San Antonio Spurs, he said. Gasol and his agent recently discussed training camp deals with some NBA teams, but Gasol preferred to do more conditioning before seriously engaging in talks, he said. He has been training in Northern California, where he is living with his wife, Catherine McDonnell, and their 3-month-old daughter, as he hopes to play again in the NBA as more than a glorified coach.
"I want the opportunity to contribute -- to feel needed," Gasol said. "Not just to be there. That's not who I am. I want to enjoy it, and players usually enjoy playing."
The brothers discussed where Marc might sign during his recent free-agency period. "He had several teams that were interested," Pau Gasol said of his brother. "What he valued most was the opportunity to win another championship. To play for the Lakers -- it's such a unique franchise. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, and it's very special for us to be the first brothers to play for the Lakers." "It would be incredible if it ends up happening where I can join the team at some point," Gasol added.
Unfortunately, Marc didn’t have any breaking news regarding that prospect during his interview with Allie Cliffton of Spectrum SportsNet on Wednesday, but he did say that Pau would almost certainly welcome a reunion with the Lakers if the opportunity presented itself: “I’m not a very social media guy, but I know Pau loves L.A. and loves the Lakers. Obviously he feels like it’s home, so I’m sure that he would love to come back, but that’s question for Rob and ownership.”
It seems that after all Pau Gasol will not play for Barcelona, despite the advanced talks about the two sides. Josep María Bartomeu, president of the club, ruled out his signing on Barça TV. “He is a person who has helped us a lot, he is an ambassador for Barcelona and represents us in the United States. He is a star of the NBA, to whom Barça could hardly pay what he charges,” he said according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Varlas Nikos: Pau Gasol and Barcelona are near an agreement in principle for the return of the Spanish icon to his native country. He'll sign a one-year deal in order to be ready to finish his Hall-of-Fame worthy career in the Tokyo Olympics. Deal expected to be finalized later in the summer
Francisco Jose Delgado: Operation comeback Pau Gasol-Barça Info: Two-year of contract. An offer to become universal ambassador for Futbol Club Barcelona. Negotiation in first person by Josep Maria Bertomeu and Albert Soler. Green light by Sarunas Jasikevicius. From @carrusel y @ellarguero
For many years Pau Gasol has said that he might return to Europe to end his playing days with Barcelona. Today the president of the club, one day after similar quotes by newly appointed coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, repeated that he “would love” to have Gasol back. And according to the Spanish Radio Station “Cadena Ser”, the two sides are in advanced talks.
As reported in the show “Carrusel Deportivo” the club has advanced talks with the Spanish legend for a two-year deal. While there’s no agreement yet, the surprise is that Gasol does not intend to retire after the Tokyo Olympics, as many assumed, according to the report.
It has to be noted that minutes earlier the Barcelona fan account on twitter named “La Resistencia del Palau” has also mentioned that Gasol and the club are in advanced talks.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said that he’d “love” to see Pau Gasol wearing the team’s jersey once again. Gasol has mentioned that a return to Barcelona is an attractive option for him to spend what may be the last season of his career. “I would love for Pau Gasol to play for Barça. I never rule anything out, but European basketball doesn’t have the mechanisms or resources that the NBA has,” Bartomeu said to Catalan radio RAC 1, per Marc Mundet.
Sarunas Jasikevicius went through various topics during his official presentation by FC Barcelona on Monday. The recently-appointed head coach of the Spanish powerhouse answered questions about Pau Gasol, his playing memories from Barcelona, and more. “Many names are popping out but everybody understands we can only comment when a move is official,” he pointed out on incoming players and went on to his former Barca teammate Gasol who turned 40 today, “I am very close to Pau. Signing him wouldn’t hurt us.”
Gasol won two NBA titles while playing for the Lakers, where he stayed from 2008-14. He started his professional career with his home team in Barcelona, where he played from 1998-2001. He also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks. “My intention is to play another season if the foot is OK, either in the NBA or in Europe,” he said. “A final season with the Lakers is attractive, finishing at Barça is attractive, but you have to see the real possibilities and see what situation would be best for the circumstances of the moment.”
Pau Gasol regarding a hypothetical option to play next year for Barça. "My intention, if my foot gets healed, is to play another season, whether in the NBA or Europe. If it's in Europe, Barça is the place that makes the most sense for me".
But as the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed. Gasol, though, decided to keep pushing his body because he wants to compete in the Olympics, which are now set for July 23, 2021. In Gasol’s eyes, the best way to hone his skills for the Summer Games would be to play next season, his 20th in the NBA. “My plan initially was to get healthy, heal and be able to play in the Olympics,” Gasol said. “But the Olympics has officially been pushed to July 23, 2021. Now see what happens with professional sports, professional basketball in my case, and when things kind of resume. … Then if I can get healthy, we’ll see what’s next and we’ll see what that next looks like.”
I always wondered about both you and Mark when you reach the very end of your careers. Would you go back and play a year professionally in Spain, just to kind of round out your career start where you came from? Did that ever interest you? Pau Gasol: Yeah, yeah. No, it had appeal for sure. And interest but, and I said it since I kind of left Spain or FC Barcelona to come to the NBA. But I always kind of said, you know, the longer I play in the NBA, which I love, it's going to be harder for me to go back and play one year in Spain. Marc [Gasol] has said this thing recently that he would love to play us last year in China that he played for before he came to the NBA and it means so much to him, just like Barcelona means to me, but, but we'll see. Maybe works out maybe it's in the books, maybe It's not. Again, it has a certain appeal. But, but I still like to play in the best league with the best players.
Gasol admitted that there are retirement thoughts circling in his mind. After all, he becomes 40 years old in July. “It’s a possibility that there is there too. I’ll have 40 springs this summer, which is not a small number. I understand that sooner or later, whether this summer, next season or another, my retirement is inevitable. I hope not already,” Gasol added. “I hope that the foot recovers so that it can allow me to play a little more. We will see how much more. Enjoy one last season.”
Ramona Shelburne: Pau Gasol tells @NBAonESPNRadio he’s hoping to play for Spain in the 2020 Olympics if he can rehab his injured foot in time. Next year in the NBA is a possibility, too.
Pau Gasol wasn’t really thinking about a possible return to Europe before getting signed by the Portland Blazers. While Gasol’s Spanish national team teammates Nikola Mirotic and Alex Abrines will be coming back to EuroLeague next season, having both joined Barcelona, the plan for the two-time NBA champion was always to stay in the NBA.
“I really didn’t weigh the possibility of returning to Europe,” Gasol said per Marca. “My idea was to remain in the NBA. After seeing all the options, the one that Portland had was the best and the one I felt fits best to my career at this time.” Gasol also mentioned a potential return Europe would possibly bring him back to the team he played before moving to the NBA: Barcelona.
Pau Gasol: I'm very excited to announce that next season (my 19th in the @NBA) I'll play for the @Portland Trail Blazers. ✍🏼😀 Ready and happy to join one of the best teams in the league!
Another name to watch is Pau Gasol. The Pistons have interest in him, a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told the Free Press. A partnership could be natural, considering Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem is Gasol’s former agent. Tellem attended Gasol’s wedding last weekend.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent C @Pau Gasol wants to return next season and says he's recovering well from left foot procedure. He tells ESPN: "My recovery from surgery has been smooth and I expect to be fully cleared for basketball activities in early August. I cannot wait to start training again."
Gasol has previously said he thinks Milwaukee -- with Giannis Antetokounmpo -- has a real shot at winning a championship ... and it's clear he still feels that way. "I think it would make sense," Gasol told us when we asked about going back to the Bucks ... "I want to help a team win a championship."
Ernest Macia: .@Pau Gasol: “The future is uncertain in my case, but I hope it’s in the NBA, in a good team and in a good situation. Let’s wait for July. I’ll be a free agent on July 1st”. @CatalunyaRadio @ClubMitjanit
Despite continuously battling injuries during his 18th NBA season, Pau Gasol hopes to continue playing at the highest possible level. He was drafted in 2001 and is a NBAer since, but talks about a potential return to FC Barcelona Lassa never ceased. Gasol, 38, talked about the issue with Movistar Plus. “This has been a topic of conversation since I left Barca in 2001. I’ve always said it would be nice, that I would be excited. However, as time goes by difficulty rises. Every time I move on it gets more complicated, I want and can continue playing in the NBA. I never say never, but the door is closing” he mentioned.
Albert Nahmad: Bucks will sign Pau Gasol to a ROS min deal, for which a $527K salary would create a net obligation and cap hit of $333K, leaving them $546K below tax line, which, as noted by @Bobby Marks, ensures they'd stay under even if Tony Snell earns all $500K of his realistic bonuses.
“Pau Gasol is an exceptional individual and the ultimate professional,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “We are grateful for his contributions on the court, in the locker room and in our community.”
Pau Gasol: Today, I bid farewell to @San Antonio Spurs. It’s been a dream to play for 1 of most storied franchises in @NBA history, an honor to be part of Spurs family. To all the staff, my teammates, the coaches, RC, Pop and, above all, the fans, thank you for making this place so special. #GoSpursGo!
Bobby Marks: If Pau Gasol signs on Sunday after clearing waivers, Milwaukee will be $546K below the luxury tax. Tony Snell has $500K in unlikely bonuses for wins and playoff success. Bucks would stay under by $46K if all the incentives (good chance) are met.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The San Antonio Spurs and center Pau Gasol have agreed on a contract buyout, clearing the way for the six-time All-Star to be playoffs-eligible for his next team, league sources told ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pau Gasol is planning to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell ESPN.
All that said, Gasol’s future with the Spurs beyond this season is a mystery. But no matter the outcome of his time in San Antonio, Gasol is not considering retirement. He still believes there is more basketball to be played and plans to do so until he feels ready to step away. “In two summers, I might think about it a little more,” Gasol said. “It might be an option then, maybe. And maybe not because I love what I do. I work my ass off to do what I do at this stage, to keep up with the pace of the game and the progress and the development of the game today. I take pride in that. That’s what makes me who I am.”
Melissa Rohlin: Pau said he wanted to re-sign w the Spurs, likes the way they manage vets. Said he trusted they’d take care of him when he opted out.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have re-signed forward/center Pau Gasol. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. During the 2016-17 season, Gasol appeared in 64 games in his first year with the Silver and Black, averaging 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.09 blocks in 25.4 minutes while shooting .502 (303-604) from the field, a career-best .538 (56-104) from beyond the arc and .707 (130-184) from the foul line. On April 12 at Utah he scored his 20,000th career point to become just the second European player to eclipse 20,000 points for their career, joining Dirk Nowitzki.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Free agent Pau Gasol's deal to return to Spurs: three years, $48M with a partial guarantee on final year.
The Spurs are also working to finalize a new deal with free-agent center Pau Gasol, league sources said. Gasol declined his option for the 2017-18 season.
The Spanish big man recently touched on his playing career, as well as re-signing with the San Antonio Spurs, where he made it clear, he is looking to play as many seasons he can in the NBA. "I want to play the maximum number of seasons, as long as I feel good. I have played 16-years in the NBA and I hope to play some more, but I have to keep working and respect any injuries, as I have so far."
As for re-signing with the Spurs after opting out of his deal, Pau says both sides are looking forward to getting a deal done and is hoping to reach an agreement soon. Pau also spoke on the West getting stronger this offseason, saying the Spurs are still one of the best in the West. "All the teams in the West, especially the top teams, are getting much stronger to compete and try to beat the first level of teams, like the Spurs."
Gasol has decided to decline an option worth $16.2 million next season and become a free agent, league sources said Tuesday. His intention seems to be to negotiate a new long-term deal with the Spurs at a lower annual salary that could offer the team instant salary cap relief with which to lure additional free agents in July. Like the third-act plot twist of one of Gasol’s favorite operas, the decision comes as something as a surprise for a player set to turn 37 next month.
Pau Gasol indicated he would opt in to his $16 million player option for next season. “Now that I know more (about) the conditions I’m playing with and the circumstances, I can figure out better how to be effective,” he said.
Gasol signed a two-year deal worth roughly $30 million with the Spurs. The second year of the deal is a player option worth $16 million. Asked if he intended to opt-in Year 2 of his contract, Gasol agreed it’s a safe bet. “My intention is to continue here, and to be here as long as I can,” said Gasol, who will turn 37 before the start of the 2017-18 season.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed forward-center Pau Gasol. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Gasol, 7-0/250, is a 15-year veteran and a four-time All-NBA selection who has won two NBA Championships. The six-time All-Star was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2010-11 and 2014-15 while earning All-NBA Third Team honors in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Mike Monroe: #Spurs make it official, announce signing of @Pau Gasol ; they don't do terms but sources say 2 years, $30 mil
Pau Gasol: After days thinking about my future, I've decided to join the San Antonio Spurs! Very excited about this new chapter with the highest aspirations!
David Robinson: Welcome @paugasol to the @spurs family. The best organization in sports. You'll fit right in. #GoSpursGo
Marc Stein: The Spurs are lasered in now on signing Pau Gasol, sources say, which obviously becomes even more crucial if Tim Duncan elects to walk away
Darren Wolfson: Immediate KD trickle down is what will Pau do. Do the Spurs make as much sense now? #Twolves still have strong $$ offer on table, I hear.
Six-time NBA All-Star Pau Gasol has emerged as the target of a lucrative bidding war in free agency that has at least four teams chasing him, according to league sources. Sources told on Sunday that Gasol has received significant interest in recent days from the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors in addition to the San Antonio Spurs, who are widely expected to be a top contender for Gasol in the event that the Spurs do not win the Kevin Durant Sweepstakes.
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