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Pau Gasol signing in Spain, returning to Barcelona

Pau Gasol

PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: Pau Gasol #16 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on before the game against the Toronto Raptors on November 13, 2019 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Pau Gasol denied reports that he’s signing with Barcelona in Spain.

That was clearly about controlling the message, not setting the record straight.

Because Gasol is signing with Barcelona in Spain.

Gasol:

Gasol is 40 and has had difficulty staying healthy. Expectations, even for playing in Europe, should be modest. He’s approaching retirement.

But he’s clearly not ready to be finished. Gasol previously talked about playing for the Lakers and Spain in the Tokyo Olympics.

It’s difficult for players to end their careers on their own terms, and this might not be precisely what Gasol hoped for. But he seems genuinely excited about the opportunity to return to the team he played for before the Grizzlies, Lakers, Spurs, Bucks and Trail Blazers.