Nikola Mirotic looks forward to playing with Pau Gasol
The Milwaukee Bucks are set to add big man Pau Gasol, who was just waived by the San Antonio Spurs. While Gasol is certainly not the player he once was, he can still have an impact in short spurts, and Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic is excited to play with the Spaniard:
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Gasol fell out of favor in the Spurs’ rotation this season, playing in just 27 games. During that time, he averaged 4.2 points and 4.7 rebounds over 12.2 minutes per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and 71.1 percent from the free-throw line.
The 38-year-old originally signed with San Antonio during the summer of 2016. He played in 64 games during his first year with the Spurs, averaging 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 25.4 minutes per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the floor and 70.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Then, last season, Gasol appeared in 77 contests and made 63 starts, registering 10.1 points, eight boards and 3.1 assists across 23.5 minutes a night, making 45.8 percent of his field-goal attempts and 75.6 percent of his foul shots.
Gasol, who came over to the NBA from Spain, was originally selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft but was immediately traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
He spent the first six-and-a-half years of his career with the Grizzlies, making one All-Star team before being dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers midway through the 2007-08 campaign.
That was where Gasol truly established his legacy, as he helped the Lakers win back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 and made three All-Star teams. He then signed with the Chicago Bulls during the summer of 2014, making two All-Star appearances there.