The Los Angeles Lakers have decided to send Marc Gasol to the Memphis side, but the Grizzlies are expected to cut the 36-year-old pivot, according to ESPN.
Marc Gasol back in Memphis! But not for long… Historic pivot of the Grizzlies from 2008 to 2019, the 36-year-old Spaniard was sent to Tennessee by the Los Angeles Lakers, but according to ESPN, Memphis should cut it. Joined the California franchise in November 2020, Pau’s brother didn’t really convince the reigning NBA champion, averaging 5 points, 4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 19 minutes and 52 games. With still a year of a $ 2.7 million contract with LeBron James, Marc Gasol was finally sent to Memphis, with a 2024 draft second round and $ 250,000, against rights. by Wang Zhelin (strong winger drafted in 2016 in 57th position, who has been playing in China since). With the arrival of Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan, the Lakers are well supplied at the pivot position and Gasol would undoubtedly have had very little playing time.
OFFICIAL: The Lakers have traded Marc Gasol and a second round pick for the draft rights to Wang Zhelin.
Thank you, Marc, for making LA part of your journey. pic.twitter.com/S5EQ899CJU
– Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 10, 2021
Gasol in no hurry to return to the United States
The former Spain international, who retired with La Roja after the loss in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament to the United States, is therefore unlikely to wear the Grizzlies jersey., and he planned to take his time anyway before returning to the US, preferring to spend time with his family in Spain. The NBA 2021-22 season, which kicks off on October 19, will therefore begin without him. The former player of Barcelona, Girona, Memphis, Toronto (where he was crowned NBA champion in 2019) and therefore the Lakers could also never return to the NBA and play for Girona, the club therefore he is president , even Barça, with his brother even if the latter has not yet announced his intentions for the coming season.