Path Blazers waive Gasol, may turn out to be coach


Six-time All-Star Pau Gasol has been waived by the Portland Path Blazers, the 7-foot-1 energy ahead mentioned Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 30, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Path Blazers heart Pau Gasol (16) poses for footage on media day at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Obligatory Credit score: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports activities

Signed in July as a free agent, Gasol, 39, didn’t play a sport this season whereas making an attempt to recuperate from surgical procedure on his left foot. He’ll proceed his rehabilitation in Portland whereas discussing a training job with the Blazers.

On Twitter, Gasol wrote, “As of right now, I’ll now not be a member of the @TrailBlazers participant roster, so I can focus all my vitality on my rehabilitation.”

In a video posted within the tweet, Gasol mentioned he had hoped his surgical procedure, carried out final Might, would expedite his restoration, however latest exams have proven he’ll be out longer than initially hoped for.

The workforce later confirmed the transfer in a press launch.

Final season was Gasol’s least productive in his 18-year NBA profession. In failing to common double digits in scoring for the primary time, he averaged three.9 factors and four.6 rebounds per sport in 30 contests (six begins) with the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks.

After being purchased out by the Spurs on March 1, Gasol joined the East-leading Bucks two days later. However he appeared in solely three video games earlier than a stress fracture in his left foot ended his season.

Gasol’s has profession averages of factors, 9.2 rebounds and three.2 assists with the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Spurs and Bucks.

He averaged 17.6 factors and eight.9 rebounds per sport for the Grizzlies in 2001-02, his rookie season. After being traded to the Lakers in February 2008, he was a member of a Kobe Bryant-led workforce that received two NBA championships.

Gasol performed with the Lakers via the 2013-14 season earlier than two All-Star seasons with the Bulls. The veteran signed with the Spurs earlier than the 2016-17 season.

Earlier than signing with San Antonio, he tried to work out a free agent cope with the Blazers in 2016.

—Discipline Degree Media