China Daily (Hong Kong)

Gasol set to leave NBA with Barcelona return


Pau Gasol has reached an agreement with his former team, FC Barcelona in Spain, to play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season and prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, Spanish-language outlet Mundo Deportivo reported.

Gasol, 40, has been out of the NBA since March 2019, when he underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his foot. He signed with the Portland Trail Blazers as a free agent in the following offseason but never played for the team, instead opting to continue to rehabilita­te the injury.

In 1998, Gasol was a teenager when he joined Barcelona before jumping to the NBA in 2001, where he spent 19 seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks.

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