The Portland Trail Blazers have confirmed the free-agency signing of six-time All-Star center Pau Gasol.
Gasol, who turned 39 earlier this month, is coming off the worst season of his 18-year NBA career. In failing to average double digits in scoring for the first time in his career, the Spaniard recorded just 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 30 contests (six starts) with San Antonio and Milwaukee.
We have signed two-time NBA Champion & six-time NBA All-Star @paugasol.
Welcome to #RipCity, Pau!
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) July 25, 2019
After being bought out by the Spurs on March 1, Gasol joined the East-leading Bucks two days later, but only appeared in three games before a stress fracture in his left foot ended his season.
“Pau is a future Hall of Famer that brings invaluable championship experience and an elite skill set and basketball IQ to our roster,” Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in a statement on Thursday.
Gasol’s career averages stand at 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, and has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls.