Grizzlies make trade for franchise legend Marc Gasol, agree to waiver

Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Marc Gasol is coming home to Memphis, though it’s bittersweet.

Memphis agreed to acquire Gasol plus a 2024 second-round pick and cash from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for draft rights to Wang Zhelin.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Griz and Gasol agreed to a waiver allowing him to remain in Spain with his family.

At 36, Gasol is a three-time NBA All-Star, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and an NBA champion.

Gasol has appeared in 891 regular season games with 866 starts and an average of 14 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 32.2 minutes over his 13-year NBA career.

He spent 11 years with Memphis before being traded in 2019 to the Toronto Raptors and again in 2020 to LA.

Gasol helped guide the Grizzlies to seven consecutive playoff appearances and was a member of the Western Conference Finals team in 2013.

It’s not immediately clear if he’ll retire next, but if this is the end of his hall-of-fame career it’s fitting he end it with Memphis where it all began.

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