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Pau Gasol Waived By Trail Blazers, Will Focus on Injury Rehab

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Gasol could join the Blazers in a coaching role, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers-Media Day Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived injured big man Pau Gasol, it was announced today via Gasol’s Instagram. Gasol plans to focus on recovering from surgery he had on his left foot last March to repair a stress fracture.

In the video Gasol released on Instagram, he said that protections were put in his contract so Portland would have flexibility to move on if his recovery didn’t progress.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Gasol and the Blazers are working out a possible coaching role for the 18-year veteran while he rehabs.

Update 1: Jason Quick of The Athletic says the Blazers will not add an additional player “for the time being.”

Update 2: ESPN’s Bobby Marks notes that the Blazers had an Exhibit 3-Prior Injury Exclusion protection in Gasol’s contract that covered both his left ankle and foot.