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Pau Gasol is on the verge of becoming a Barcelona player once again, 20 years after he left the Blaugrana to embark upon a career in the NBA.
The 40-year-old big man spent three years at the beginning of his career at Barcelona, between 1998 and 2001, before making the switch to the NBA, where he played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks.
Now, according to COPE’s Game Time program, Gasol is closing in on a return to Barcelona, as he looks to get in shape for next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Gasol is set to sign a contract until the end of the season, and he will not earn a salary.
The two-time NBA champion is expected to arrive in Barcelona in the coming days to start working under the orders of head coach Conversation Jasikevicius, who was his former Barcelona teammate. Gasol also played alongside current Barcelona star Nikola Mirotic whilst a member of the Bucks.
It is possible that Gasol could play in the EuroLeague as he has not participated in this competition so far this season. The deadline for him to be registered is next Wednesday, February 24.
Gasol has not played a match since March 2019, when he suffered a navicular stress fracture in his left foot whilst a member of the Bucks. This injury has been giving him problems in the last 23 months, but the hope is that he can put it behind him and put himself in a position to be included in Spain‘s squad for the Olympics.