Pau Gasol is already in Barcelona

The Catalan player has arrived this Wednesday in Barcelona. The medical review will be next Friday and the presentation after the elections.


Pau Gasol is already in Barcelona. This is what the Barça club itself has made known through its website and social networks: "The new FC Barcelona player has landed in Barcelona this Wednesday and will undergo a medical examination this Friday, March 5 at the Joan Gamper Sports City." However, and as indicated in the statement itself, the presentation of the pivot will be delayed until after the elections to the Board of Directors of the Catalan club, scheduled for next Sunday, March 7. A highly anticipated act, if the weight of the signing is taken into account, made official on February 23, and that will already take place at the hands of the new president of the entity. "The return of Gasol is a gift for the ACB", declared, today, Antonio Martín, president of the competition. Pau, for his part, on his personal Twitter page, has announced his arrival with the message "we are here" accompanying a photo of him in Barcelona, where he has landed with a private flight from Los Angeles.

The announcement comes a day after the player himself published on his Twitter profile that he was "looking forward to getting home to start training" and just three after Sarunas Jasikevicius announced that he was already in the process of looking for a "private flight" that will take him to Barcelona. In this way, and from the same Friday, Pau Gasol will be able to be placed under the orders of Jasikevicius himself, with whom he coincided as a player in his first stage at the Catalan club, 20 years ago. In it, he achieved the highest recognition both individually and collectively: he went to the NBA being MVP of the ACB and the King's Cup and with two titles under his arm. Now, like Barça, he hopes to achieve the highest continental decoration: the Euroleague. That is, surely, the main objective of the Blaugrana club for this season and, from now on, also Gasol's, who would see his private showcase with the club completed.

In parallel, but in an intrinsic way, the player also intends to boost his set-up for the Tokyo Olympics next summer, for which he hopes to be eligible for Sergio Scariolo's list. A physical work that has been in progress for months, shown through social networks, and that starts from a ruptured scaphoid in his left foot that has kept him away from the courts since 2019, when he played his last NBA game with Milwaukee Bucks. His last franchise in the American competition, in which he holds two rings with the Los Angeles Lakers, was the Portlant Trail Blazers, with whom he could not play any official minute. Now, he comes to Barça for the stipulated minimum salary, the proportional part of the 68,000 euros required by the ABP in the agreement with the ACB for players of his age. A remuneration that, in addition, will not remain: he will donate it to a charitable cause.

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