Spanish club Barcelona is in talks with free agent center Marc Gasol that could potentially result in the sides agreeing to a contract, according to team director of basketball operations Juan Carlos Navarro.
“There are talks but there is no negotiation, although he has not given any negative answer,” Navarro said, as relayed by Alex Molina of EuroHoops. “He knows of our interest and he has the last word. I will not deny that I would like to count on him.”
Gasol, 36, was traded from the Lakers to the Grizzlies at the end of last season, before agreeing to a contract buyout. He has generated little interest from NBA teams since.
He actually began his NBA career with Barcelona in 2003, then joined the Grizzlies in 2008. He has won an NBA championship and two Olympic silver medals, and made three All-Star teams and has earned an NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, as well as first-team All-NBA honors.
But Gasol became expendable in LA after the team signed centers DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard.
Gasol has made it known that he does not intend to retire, perhaps opening the door for Barcelona. He has also been linked to Spanish club Girona, Molina wrote.
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