Pau Gasol needs to return to the NBA subsequent season however hasn’t dominated out ending his profession in Europe.
The 39-year-old mentioned on Tuesday he must be taking part in subsequent season to present himself “an opportunity” of creating it to the Olympics one final time.
The Spaniard mentioned he’s protecting his choices open however going again to the Los Angeles Lakers could be an “engaging” choice, as could be returning to a membership like Barcelona in Spain.
He mentioned a call on his future will seemingly need to be made in September or October.
Gasol, a three-time Olympic medallist with Spain, has been out of motion for greater than a yr due to a foot harm. He mentioned the coronavirus pandemic has slowed his restoration course of, however that was not essentially a foul factor.
“I’m feeling good. I’ve had extra time to get better,” he was quoted as saying by Spanish media. “After I can begin working and leaping I’ll have much more info to know for positive if the foot and the bone are consolidated for me to be taking part in skilled basketball once more.”
Gasol received two NBA titles whereas taking part in for the Lakers, the place he stayed from 2008-14. He began his skilled profession along with his residence workforce in Barcelona, the place he performed from 1998-2001. He additionally performed for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks.
“My intention is to play one other season if the foot is OK, both within the NBA or in Europe,” he mentioned. “A ultimate season with the Lakers is engaging, ending at Barca is engaging, however you must see the true potentialities and see what state of affairs could be finest for the circumstances of the second.”
Gasol mentioned it was optimistic that the NBA will be capable of end its season amid the pandemic however hoped the present format adjustments wouldn’t trigger future conflicts for gamers eager to play within the Olympics subsequent season.
Gasol made his feedback whereas launching a free on-line basketball academy that may run from June 28 to July 4. His brother Marc Gasol and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon will probably be amongst these collaborating within the digital program.
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