Lakers sign free agent center Marc Gasol

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent center Marc Gasol on Sunday. He received a two-year deal.

Gasol returns to the team that drafted him. However, when he suits up for the team during the 2020-21 season, it’ll be the first-time that he actually plays for the team.

Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol battles for a rebound with Kevon Looney against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the 2019 NBA Finals
Marc Gasol battles for a rebound with Kevon Looney against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the 2019 NBA Finals (Getty Images)

He chose to sign with the Lakers over re-signing with the Toronto Raptors. With this move, he gets to live closer to his brother Pau, who also lives in California.

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The Gasol brothers are the first brothers in team history to suit up for the Lakers at some point in their careers.

The 35-year-old will serve as the team’s starting center. He became the starter when the Lakers traded JaVale McGee to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The three-time All-Star was a second-round draft pick by the Lakers in the 2007 NBA draft. However, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008.

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He was traded on February 1st, 2008 with Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, a 2008 first-round draft pick (Donté Greene was later selected) and a 2010 1st round draft pick (Greivis Vásquez was later selected) to the Grizzlies. In exchange, the Lakers received Pau Gasol and a 2010 2nd round draft pick (Devin Ebanks was later selected).

This will be Gasol’s third NBA team. There was also speculation before he signed with the Lakers that he would sign with an overseas team.

This past season, he averaged a career-low 7.5 points per game in 44 games, including 43 starts. He averaged 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 26.4 minutes per game.

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In his career, he has made 839 appearances, including 824 starts. He has a career average of 14.6 points per game.

In addition, Gasol has averaged 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 33 minutes per game.

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