Pau Gasol To Join Blazers’ Coaching Staff

After being waived last month by the Trail Blazers, Pau Gasol intends to join the team’s coaching staff, head coach Terry Stotts confirmed tonight to reporters, including Casey Holdahl (Twitter link). Gasol is currently in Spain, but when he returns, he’ll officially come aboard Stotts’ staff.

Gasol, who continues to rehab a foot injury, was released by the Blazers before appearing in a single game for the team. At the time of that move, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Portland and Gasol were working on a potential coaching role for the veteran big man.

Taking on a coaching role doesn’t necessarily mean Gasol has decided to retire as a player. However, between his foot issues and his age (39), the odds may be against an NBA comeback at this point. The six-time All-Star played 77 games for the Spurs in 2017/18, but was limited to 30 games last season due to injuries.

It’s not yet clear when Gasol will return from Spain, tweets Mark Medina of USA Today.

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7 thoughts on “Pau Gasol To Join Blazers’ Coaching Staff

  1. jump shot

    Can’t beat the lifestyle, supplemental income, and paid “vacation” in Vegas for summer league.

    • Simple Fan

      It’s such a put-down to Monty Williams as such as you say, but it includes Gasol on his own terms.

      • jump shot

        I can write it…. how you interpret it is on you. I doubt everyone shares your interpretation. Own it tho!

  2. x%sure

    Blazers will get an international profile. They don’t at present I think, certainly not compared to the Spurs. Nurkic is all, then this year they picked up Hezonja & Labassiere. Skal has done okay with them as a defender… hecmight be a Pau assignment.

  3. tomjoadsghost

    Only couple years since Gar-Pax said Gasol would be anchor for Bulls. Gar-Pax still collect paychecks and make basketball decisions.

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