Marc Gasol will change of scene this season. The Spanish pivot has committed to two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, brand-new NBA champions in the Orlando bubble. The Los Angeles team will become the third franchise in which Marc Gasol played after the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors. The Canadians were interested in the continuity of Marc and the Warrios were also on the lookout, but finally it will be the relief of Dwight Howard in the Lakers.
For the trade to become possible, the Lakers had to get rid of JaVale McGee, whose contract exceeded $ 4 million. After many negotiations, the center was sent to the Cavaliers along with a future second round in exchange for Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie, who have unsecured contracts that Angelenos can give up. Minutes after the exchange, Adrian Wojnarowski made official the signing of the Spanish international, who signs for the next two seasons.
Marc Gasol landed in the NBA in the summer of 2008. Drafted a year earlier precisely by the Lakers in the second round (48th place), his rights ended in Memphis in the transfer that sent Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles franchise, where he won two rings . In his debut campaign he averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds and was included in the second rookie quintet of the season.. Little by little he became the franchise player for the Grizzlies who achieved their first playoff victory in 2011 (they beat the San Antonio Spurs in the first round: 4-2).
In 2013, Marc was voted the best defender in the NBA and was also in the second best quintet in the league. In 2015 finished in the NBA dream team (17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists) after living a magical moment at the All Star of that February, in which he starred with his brother Pau in an initial leap into the history of Spanish basketball. Apart from in New York 2015, it was also all star in 2012 and 2017.
The Grizzlies traded him on February 7, 2019 to the Toronto Raptors (in Memphis they finished Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Milles and a second round in the 2024 draft), where months later he would achieve his first NBA title. Sergio Scariolo, Nick Nurse’s assistant in the Canadian franchise, had a lot to do with his arrival.
During the Orlando bubble, the performance of the Gasol middleweight dropped significantly. He left Florida with 6 points, 4.4 rebounds and only 18% accuracy from the three-point lineAlthough Nurse later explained what had happened to him: “He contemplated not coming because he was worried about his parents. The situation has been very hard for him“.