- Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to buy Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies
- The Lakers acquired the Chinese center selected by the Grizzlies in the 2016 NBA Draft
- Gasol could adapt to Barcelona and play alongside his brother Pau
Marc Gasol’s future seems mapped out, and that’s what most had speculated. The former NBA champion will return home to Spain after making a short stop on the same team where he started his NBA career, according to a report.
Los Angeles Lakers to send center-all-star to Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Wang Zhelin draft rights, a 2024 second-round pick and money, according to one official statement of the Lakers released Friday.
While the return to Memphis is fine for Gasol, it will be short-lived.
Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported that Gasol and the Grizzlies will work together on a “waiver and release” that will allow the three-time All-Star to stay in Spain with his family. International Business Times could not independently verify this information.
Gasol was selected 48th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. However, he was soon sent to the Grizzlies as part of a commercial program that included his older brother, Pau, who was sent from Memphis to Los Angeles. The move turned out to be beneficial for the 7-foot-1 player, who went on to become the Grizzlies franchise player.
For his part, Pau, 41, won two NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. His younger brother’s only NBA title came with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.
The commercial announcement puts an end to speculation about the future of Gasol. It was a forgettable race for the 36-year-old Spaniard, and his use for the 2021-22 season has gone from bad to worse.
The reason is that the Lakers welcomed Dwight Howard again and then added DeAndre Jordan via the buyout market. Howard, Jordan and Anthony Davis are expected to take the helm in the midst of the Lakers this coming season.
Once Gasol and the Grizzlies finalize this release, it would align with a report in July that Barcelona manager Juan Carlos Navarro envisioned the 36-year-old as an addition to his squad. It would also allow the 7-foot-1 cager to find his brother Pau.
The only other option for Gasol is retirement. But with the chance to play at least another year alongside his brother, it could be the perfect end to his basketball career.