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Pau Gasol: Return to Lakers or Barcelona Is ‘Attractive’

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Gasol is working on recovering from a foot injury that has sidelined him for over a year.

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Pau Gasol went their separate ways last November after signing the six-time All-Star to bolster their frontcourt depth. At the time, Gasol determined it would help his recovery from foot surgery if he left the team. The 18-year veteran has continued to rehab after the procedure, and he’s hopeful for a return to professional basketball, he told Spanish reporters (via the Associated Press):

“I’m feeling good. I’ve had more time to recover,” he was quoted as saying by Spanish media. “When I can start running and jumping, I will have a lot more information to know for sure if the foot and the bone are consolidated for me to be playing professional basketball again.”

If the big man fully recovers, he says playing for the Los Angeles Lakers or Spanish club Barcelona is “attractive”:

“My intention is to play another season if the foot is OK, either in the NBA or in Europe,” he said. “A final season with the Lakers is attractive, finishing at Barca is attractive, but you have to see the real possibilities and see what situation would be best for the circumstances of the moment.”

Gasol is focused on having “a chance” to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed to July 23, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can read more about Gasol’s recovery and plans here.