The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade Marc Gasol back to the Memphis Grizzlies, who will then waive the veteran center so he can play in his home country of Spain. According to L’Esportiu de Catalunya, Gasol will be playing for Girona.
Gasol began his professional career in Spain with FC Barcelona. He then played for CB Girona, which was a different Girona club than the one he's reportedly going to be playing for now and has since been dissolved. He actually founded the team he's set to play for in 2014, and this club is referred to as Basquet Girona.
The Lakers initially selected Gasol in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft when he was playing for CB Girona. In 2008, his draft rights were traded to the Grizzlies in the deal that brought his brother Pau to Los Angeles.
Marc Gasol became a Grizzlies legend, playing there until 2019. He went to three All-Star Games and won Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.
With Memphis recently embarking on a rebuild, Gasol was traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2019, and he won his first NBA title. The big Spaniard played the 2019-20 season with the Raptors as well before signing on with the Lakers for the 2020-21 season.
Gasol started 42 games for Los Angeles, but he was moved to the bench when Andre Drummond was signed. The veteran wasn't thrilled with that move, and it apparently played a role in his Lakers exit. Los Angeles signed Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan this offseason.
While there's always a chance Marc Gasol returns to the United States, it seems as if this is likely the end of the line for him in the NBA. If it is, it was a hell of a run for the big man.