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Lakers fans run wild with Pau Gasol return speculation after workout video surfaces

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Now that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed Marc Gasol, it’s worth wondering — and if you’re a nostalgic Lakers fan, hoping — that his older brother, Pau Gasol, may join his brother.

On Tuesday, Pau shared a video showing him working out. In the video, the masked 7-footer can be seen going through some shooting drills that don’t look particularly casual:

Predictably, this led to a wave of Lakers fans on Twitter excitedly speculating about the possibility of the elder Gasol returning for one more go-round:

There is plenty more where that came from, but you get the picture. Lakers fans would love to have Pau Gasol back in the fold.

At the very least, the Lakers could sign Pau for a day and then have his No. 16 jersey retired next to former teammate Kobe Bryant’s in the Staples Center rafters.

Gasol won two titles (2009, 2010) with the Lakers, averaging 17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game over seven seasons (2007-14), which included three All-Star selections.

The 40-year old last played in the NBA in 2018-19 as part of a brief stint with the Milwaukee Bucks. He has spent the past two years trying to heal from a left foot fracture he suffered in 2019. He was signed to the Portland Trail Blazers roster for the early part of 2019-20, but never appeared in a game and was waived one month into the season.

A few weeks back, he told a Spanish news agency that he would make an official decision on retirement soon:

“This pandemic, along with all the bad that has brought us, is giving me a little more room to rehabilitate the foot and the progression is being positive,” Pau Gasol said. “In the next month or month and a half, my level of exigency on the court will be very high, and there I will find out if I can compete again.”

On Sunday, the Lakers announced the signing of Marc, 35, who was originally drafted by Los Angeles before his rights were shipped to Memphis, ironically, in the trade that brought Pau to the Lakers. Pau congratulated his little brother on joining the Lakers organization:

Even with Marc, though, the Lakers could use one more center after losing JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard, and with Anthony Davis’ preference to primarily play power forward.

Last May, Gasol told ClutchPoints that a return to L.A. would be “appealing” to him:

“The potential of maybe finishing or playing my last year with the Lakers would be great. It’s appealing…” Gasol said.

“I have a great relationship and love for Jeanie and the Lakers organization and the city of Los Angeles, which is always going to remain extremely meaningful to me no matter what, but we’ll see.”

Let’s see if Pau Gasol returns to the Lakers for one last hurrah.