The Portland Trail Blazers have signed veteran center Pau Gasol to one of their remaing roster spots. The Trail Blazers and Gasol came to an agreement on a 1 year deal.

Gasol is a future hall of famer and bribgs championship experience to Portland. He won 2 Larry O’Brien trophies with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

At 39, Gasol is towards the end of his career and is not the player he used to be, but he can provide help off Portland’s bench in the absence of injured center Jusuf Nurkic. He can be a veteran presence in the lockeroom and on the court. He can also be a good influence to younger developing players in the front court like Zach Collins and Skal Labissiere.

Pau Gasol played last season (2018-19) for both the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks. He suffered a stress fracture to his foot early in the season while with San Antonio. He was bought out by San Antonio and signed with Milwaukee for the remainder of the season, but suffered another injury, this time to his left ankle and sat out the rest of the season and the playoffs. With playing limited minutes behind Hassan Whiteside, injury concerns should be minimized. Gasol is a goodfit for Portland and will hopefully prove to be an asset in its transformation this summer, into a contender. Gasol thinks Portland is a winner. Let’s hope this move is a winner too.


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