Spain's Pau Gasol against France, September 17, 2015 in Lille.
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He is back: almost 20 years after his departure, the emblematic Spanish pivot Pau Gasol (40) will return to his training club, FC Barcelona, until the end of the season, the player and the Catalan club have jointly announced. Tuesday.
“Pau Gasol returns to Barça.
And will remain there until June 30, 2021 ”: it is with these words that the Catalan club made the official news Tuesday afternoon in a press release.
He hasn't played for two years
“I am very happy to announce that I am coming home and that I will soon join the ranks of FC Barcelona basketball.
I want to put my qualities and my experience at the disposal of the club at a key moment in the season, ”Pau Gasol said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
Muy feliz de volver a casa. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Pau Gasol (@paugasol) February 23, 2021
According to the Spanish press, Barça, who had been looking for a pivot since last summer, closely followed the evolution of the tarsal scaphoid fracture of the left foot which kept the tall Spaniard (2.16 m) away from the prosecution for almost two years, and offered him a place in its workforce.
Jasikevicius knows him well
He will report to coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, with whom he played at the turn of the millennium with the Blaugrana, and will reunite with interior Nikola Mirotic, with whom he played in Chicago and Milwaukee in the NBA.
Pau Gasol will be able to play in the Euroleague with Barça if it is validated before Wednesday February 24, deadline to register a recruit who has not yet played a single minute in the queen of European competitions this season ... while the Barça already sits at the top of Europe.
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