Credit: USA Today Sports – Scanpix
Credit USA Today Sports – Scanpix

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade Marc Gasol, a 2024 second-round pick, and cash to the Memphis Grizzlies for the draft rights to Wang Zhelin.

Marc Gasol

Marc  Gasol
Position: C
Age: 36
Height: 216 cm
Weight: 120 kg
Birth place: Barcelona, Spain

The deal saves Lakers $10M. Gasol and Grizzlies will work together on waiver and release that will allow him to remain in Spain with family, per report.

Last season in the NBA he averaged 5.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 57 games.

Before the stint in LA, Gasol played for the Toronto Raptors and became the NBA champion (2019). However, he established his name in Memphis where he spent more than a decade (2008-19). Marc Gasol was a three-time All-Star and the 2012-13 NBA Defensive Player of the Year during his time there. He is the franchise's all-time leader in rebounds (5,942) and blocks (1,135) and ranks second behind Mike Conley in both points (11,684) and assists (2,639).

The 2.16-meter big man has NBA career averages of 14 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists (891 games).

Marc Gasol is a long-time Spanish national team player. He participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 36-year-old posted 5.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per 4 contests. After a loss in the quarter-final against the United States, Marc and his brother Pau announced their retirement from Spanish NT.

Wang, 27, was drafted in the second round (57th overall) by the Grizzlies in 2016. He has been playing for the Fujian Sturgeons in the Chinese Basketball Association since 2012.

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