Marc Gasol Announces Retirement

Longtime NBA center Marc Gasol officially announced his retirement as a player on Wednesday, as relayed by Spanish outlet Diario Sport. Gasol has posted a formal five-minute video announcement on his Twitter account.

The 48th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Gasol didn’t enter the NBA with significant fanfare as a draft-and-stash prospect in 2008 after his rights were traded from the Lakers to the Grizzlies in a package for his brother Pau Gasol. However, he quickly emerged as a reliable starter in the middle and became a key member of the “Grit and Grind” Grizzlies, spending more than 10 seasons with the franchise.

An All-Star in 2012, 2015, and 2017 and the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, Gasol was eventually traded from Memphis to Toronto at the 2019 deadline and was the starting center for the Raptors team that won a championship that season. After one more year in Toronto, he spent the 2020/21 season with the Lakers.

In an echo of the start of his NBA career, Gasol was once again traded in September of 2021 from the Lakers to the Grizzlies, who subsequently waived him. That was the last time he was on an NBA roster. The 39-year-old spent the next two seasons with Basquet Girona, the team he owns and runs in Spain.

While Gasol indicated about two years ago that he hadn’t ruled out the possibility of an NBA return, he’s closing that door today with his official retirement announcement.

Gasol averaged 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks in 891 career regular season NBA games (32.2 MPG), posting a shooting line of .481/.360/.776. He also appeared in 99 playoff contests with the Grizzlies, Raptors, and Lakers and earned a pair of All-NBA nods, including a spot in the First Team in 2015.

In addition to returning to his home country of Spain to conclude his playing career, Gasol also represented the Spanish national team in many international competitions, winning World Cup championships in 2006 and 2019 and taking home Olympic silver medals from Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

Grizzlies owner Robert Pera said at the time of Gasol’s trade to the Raptors that the franchise would one day retire his jersey (No. 33). The team could move forward on those plans now that the big man has formally retired.

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