Pau Gasol returns to Barça

The player will play the remaining four months of the course with his sights set on the Tokyo Games, after two years in dry dock due to a foot injury.


Pau Gasol returns to the slopes and will do so in his first team, Barça. The Catalan club has offered him a contract until the end of the season that the Sant Boi player has accepted, as reported by El Mundo Deportivo. The goal of the player was always to get to the Tokyo Olympics, but for this he needed to show that he was in a position to play. Barça, attentive to the player's situation, has offered him a position in the squad at a very low cost, since Pau will sign for the minimum.

The power forward had been preparing for months in private training. He had even uploaded several videos showing his progress in game actions. His goal, since it was learned that the Games were delayed to next summer, was to find a first-rate team, ideally in the NBA (there was talk of a return to the Lakers, where he would coincide with his brother Marc). Being in a position to play, showing that he is ready to play first-level matches, was an essential condition for the Spanish coach to have him at the Olympic event.

Gasol has not played a game since March 2019, when he was part of the Milwaukee Bucks roster. It was then that the scaphoid of his left foot was torn, a part of the body that had already been giving him problems in recent years and, although he would play briefly again some time later, he already relapsed in Portland and had to stop short. .

Now Pau returns to his first house and the dates on which the agreement has been closed is important. In order to play in the Euroleague, it was essential that he signed before six in the afternoon on February 24, next Wednesday. The difference with Heurtel, or with any other player who had already played in the Euroleague (the limit ended on January 6), is that players who had not yet participated in the top continental competition had until next Wednesday to register.

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