Credit: AFP - Scanpix
Credit AFP - Scanpix

It was a foregone conclusion for the Memphis Grizzlies and Marc Gasol. The NBA franchise announced that the 36-year-old center became a free agent, in a development that paves the way for the three-time NBA All-Star (2012, 2015, 2017) and 2019 NBA champion with the Raptors to return to his native Spain and his favorite club, Girona, currently in LEB Oro, the country's second division.

Marc Gasol

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

Gasol was acquired by the Grizzlies from the Los Angeles Lakers with a 2024 second-round draft pick for the draft rights to center Wang Zhelin (57th overall in 2016) on September 10.  He holds regular-season career averages of 14 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 32.2 minutes in 891 games (866 starts) over 13 seasons with the Grizzlies, Raptors and Lakers. The Barcelona native led the Grizzlies to seven consecutive playoff appearances (2011-17), including a trip to the 2013 Western Conference Finals.

Girona was the last team that Gasol played for before making the jump to the NBA and starting his prolific career. The brother of Pau Gasol has been heavily involved with Girona Basket in the last few years, becoming the president of the club. Now that his experience in the NBA is over, he wanted to go back to Spain and stay closer to his family.

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