Raptors’ Marc Gasol is Thinking About Leaving NBA for Spain

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The three-time All-Star center Marc Gasol is reportedly thinking about retiring from the NBA following the expiration of his contract with Toronto Raptors this offseason. Gasol’s next destination would be his native Spain, according to Radio Ser Catalunya’s Xavier Saiso Garcia.

Despite an underwhelming 2019/20 season, in which he averaged career-low 7.5 points per game with Raptors, Gasol still represents an attractive veteran option for many teams around the league. However, the 35-year-old Spaniard might turn down any offer that comes his way as “family reasons” are making him favor Europe.

Marc Gasol spent the first six years of his professional career in Spain, where he played with FC Barcelona and CB Girona. He came to the NBA in 2008, joining Memphis Grizzlies and eventually becoming a franchise icon.  During his time with the Grizzlies, Gasol made the All-Star team three times, had two All-NBA selections, and won NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.

Midway through 2018/19, the Grizzlies traded Gasol to Toronto Raptors, where he ended up winning his first NBA title in the same season. In 2019/20, Gasol and the Raptors ended their playoff trip in the second round after a seven-game series loss to Boston Celtics.