Pau Gasol, Barcelona in advanced talks?

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.
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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.”
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Gasol: Return to Lakers or Barcelona would be 'attractive'

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.”
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Pau Gasol finishing career in Spain?

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.
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Q: Do you think that Europe has turned into an attractive destination for NBA players? Malcolm Delaney: I think so. NBA is changing. There’s a few teams trying to win, the other teams are just trying to play their young guys. Some of those spice that players normally had, they don’t have now because teams don’t want to win. So, if they see how the level of competition is in Europe and that they can make good money, playing at a high level, I believe that a lot more people are open to come in here.
“For the guys sometimes coming from a strong nation like Spain, it’s tougher,” said Tomas Satoransky, a Czech who spent seven years playing in Spain before joining the Washington Wizards and now starts for the Chicago Bulls. “I think that was a big issue, a big barrier for Juan Carlos to be successful.” Of course, he also had a choice of cities in which to play — Memphis or Barcelona. “He was in Memphis. He could stay in Barcelona,” Satoransky said. “That was an easier choice. It’s tougher for them to adapt.”
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After departing from the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA due to his mental health, Alex Abrines joined FC Barcelona. He was not able to travel with his teammates for a large chunk of the 2018-19 season. The 26-year-old Spaniard addressed the matter through Basket en Movistar+ discussing how Russell Westbrook stood by his side and the impact of the issue on his career. “He’s a very nice guy. He helped me a lot especially in the first year” he mentioned referring to Westbrook, “In most of our trips we did something together, watch a movie, have dinner. When I went through all this and did not travel with the team, he kept in touch. He asked me to meet him for dinner. He cared for the person beyond the player. He calmly told me what I should do noting that he would support me if I decided to leave.”
“Athletes are normal people, but are pressured above average. Medication helps, but at the end of the day you must seek professional aid, discuss with friends and family, move forward with their support” adds Abrines on his illness, “It is a different kind of pain. Physical pain is something you can see and feel. Mental pain can not be observed and can not be treated like an injured knee for example. If you don’t go through something similar, you can’t realize it. In the end of the day, money is not above everything. Until it happens, you don’t realize that you don’t give a shit about money.”
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.
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“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.

Alex Abrines back to Spain

Álex Abrines is on his way back to the Palau Blaugrana. The 25-year-old from the Balearic Islands has reached a two-year agreement with Barça with the option of a third season to come back to the club that he served from 2012 to 2016 and thus bring an end to a three-year stint in the NBA at the Oklahoma City Thunder. He will be officially presented on Monday 15 July at 7.00pm CEST, pending a medical examination.
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The 28-year-old forward also shared that he has grown a lot in the US and was on good squads but missed the European competitions and was looking for his family’s stability: “There have been good years of growth in the United States, the last two – my best two. I played on good teams, but I missed the competition in Europe. The Endesa League, the Euroleague, the Copa del Rey… I was looking for stability for my family. I have been given a very good project and a very good opportunity to come here. “
“I’m just a basketball player, man,” he said. “I don’t have a position. I go out there and just play the game the right way. I like to score the basketball, though. That’s one thing that I do really well. I’m a guy that goes out there and just plays the game. If coach wants to put me at the four or put me at the five, I’ll go play it. I think now in today’s NBA it’s positionless basketball anyway.” Portis intends to bring a toughness to the Knicks, a reputation that has been earned and cultivated. He was suspended for eight games in 2017 for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face, breaking two bones and giving him a concussion, while he was with the Bulls — an incident that will likely end up in the first paragraph of his career summary.
Alex Abrines was on FC Barcelona Lassa’s radar, but has since began talks to return to his former team. According to Marc Mundet of Rac1, the 25-year-old Spaniard swingman is already negotiating the terms with Barca and a potential comeback seems likely, but no agreement is yet in place. Abrines was a Barcelona player between 2012 and 2016 before joining the Oklahoma City Thunder. He took part in 91 EuroLeague affairs with the Blaugrana and followed up with 185 NBA appearances with the Thunder. He was waived last February and has been a free agent since.
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The Denver Nuggets proved right to say the least when they drafted Nikola Jokic. He was only the 41st pick of the 2014 NBA draft, but the Serb big has certainly surpassed expectations since. No secrets up to this point, but his agent Misko Raznatovic revealed a relatively unknown series of events that led the Joker to the NBA in his interview with Nedeljnik. “A deal with Barcelona was in place” the 52-year-old Serbian said and added: “An unfortunate event happened in his last game before signing the contract, which proved to be a blessing in disguise. He played before Barcelona representatives and the signing of the contract was postponed. Arturas Karnisovas then joined the Denver Nuggets and made it easier for him to move from Mega to the NBA.”
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.
Parker also talked about ASVEL Villeurbanne, of which he’s president, returning to EuroLeague next season. “We are going to finally play against the best teams in Europe. When you invest in a team that the goal is to play in the best league. I’m so excited for the fans for our city and for our country to play against the best teams. Like Barcelona and Real Madrid.”
Barcelona has extended an offer to San Antonio Spurs forward/center Joffrey Lauvergne, according to Eurohoops sources. The Blaugrana are the third EuroLeague club to express an interest to the French big, after CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce.
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The Nets can contribute $675,000 toward Musa’s $1 million buyout, and general manager Sean Marks said it will be settled in time for the season. While Musa said he will play in Las Vegas Summer League, Marks was more noncommittal. “There’s a little bit of decompressing and recovery that needs to take place. We’ll weigh it and see what happens,” said Marks, who praised the confidence and shot-making of Musa and second-rounder Rodions Kurucs. “It’s just their confidence. Both these guys have been playing at a high level for years now. We’ve followed them closely. It’s a thrill to watch how they conduct themselves on the court. They can rise up in big moments. … These guys are both hungry, they’re competitive, they’ve got a certain fire and grit to them and they want to succeed.”
There is one key difference with the two pairs of brothers. The Gasols are Barcelona’s finest. But Guillermo Gustavo Willy and Juan Alberto Juancho are Madridistas. The rivalry is intense, albeit only when the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona soccer teams meet each other. “For sure! My brother and I are Madrid fans, Real Madrid fans, and Gasol brothers – they are FC Barcelona fans. The soccer teams played a match two or three weeks ago in Madrid, the Spanish Supercup, and Madrid beat Barcelona easily. So after the game, my brother and I were crazy, like, yelling ‘Hala, Madrid!’ and ‘Let’s go, Madrid!’ The Gasol brothers were mad at us. But it is what it is,” said Willy smiling, as he thought back to the 5-1 on aggregate Real win.
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