Gasol has agreed to a two-year contract with the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Gasol, who will turn 36 years old in January, has entertained the idea of returning to play in Europe, but the opportunity to play with the defending NBA Champions was likely too hard to pass up. With JaVale McGee being dealt to Cleveland, the Lakers have made room for Gasol. Gasol will now compete with new teammate Montrezl Harrell for the starting center job in 2020-21. In 44 games with Toronto last season, Gasol averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Gasol plans to explore continuing his career in Europe in 2020-21, Eurohoops.net reports.
The 35-year-old Gasol is bound for unrestricted free agency this offseason after he wrapped up his obligations to the Raptors following their elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He noticed a steep decline in production since joining Toronto following a trade from Memphis last season, as he wrapped up the 2019-20 campaign with averages of 7.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. Gasol's prowess on the defense end would still make him an ideal backup center at the NBA level, but the 35-year-old may prioritize playing in his home country of Spain to wrap up his playing days.
Gasol was held scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-1 3PT) in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Nets.
After a 13-point outing in Game 1, Gasol wasn't nearly as aggressive Wednesday, taking just two shots and failing to get to the free throw line for the third time in five games. The veteran did add four rebounds and two assists, but he turned the ball over three times in his 17 minutes of action. Serge Ibaka, with whom Gasol split the starting role during most of the regular season, played 26 minutes off the bench.
Gasol tallied six points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and six rebounds in Monday's win over Miami.
Starting for the second straight game, Gasol wasn't overly aggressive, but did he hit the glass while adding an assist and a steal to his final line. The veteran saw 22 minutes of action while Serge Ibaka played 26 minutes off the bench.
Gasol is in the starting lineup Saturday versus the Lakers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
The 35-year-old appeared in only one of the final 17 games before the season was shutdown in March, but he'll be in the starting five for the first seeding game in the bubble. Gasol averaged 7.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 27.5 minutes this season and should continue splitting time with Serge Ibaka.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Tuesday that Gasol (hamstring) has trimmed weight during the NBA's shutdown and "looks good" for when the season resumes July 31, Lori Ewing of The Canadian Press reports.
Gasol has been limited to just 36 games this season due a nagging left hamstring injury, which also kept him sidelined for the Raptors' final contest March 9 before the league went on hiatus. The big man returned from a 15-game hiatus to play 16 minutes March 8 in Sacramento, so his absence the following day was likely just precautionary for the second half of the back-to-back set rather than the result of any injury setback. That said, Gasol isn't expected to immediately seize a consistent 30-minute role when the season restarts in late July, as he's more likely to fall into something close to a 50-50 timeshare at center with Serge Ibaka.
Gasol (hamstring) will not play Monday in Utah.
The big man made his return to action Sunday against the Kings, but he'll be held out on the second night of a back-to-back set. With four full days off following Monday's game, expect Gasol to be back in uniform for Saturday's home date with the Pistons.
Gasol (hamstring) played 16 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Raptors' 118-113 win over the Kings, finishing with three points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists.
Predictably, Gasol filled only a minimal role for Toronto in his return from a 15-game absence due to the same hamstring issue that had already cost him 12 games from late December through mid-January. Though Gasol came off the bench for the first time all season, he could eventually replace Serge Ibaka on the top unit once he ramps up a bit. Expect Gasol to face a similar playing-time restriction in the second half of the back-to-back set Monday in Utah; he could also sit out entirely.
Gasol (hamstring) will be available off the bench Sunday against the Kings, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
It'll be the first action for Gasol since Jan. 28, but he'll face an unspecified minutes restriction, so he's best avoided in DFS contests. Expect Serge Ibaka to remain the starter at center for the time being.
Gasol (hamstring) has a chance to play in Sunday's game against Sacramento, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
The veteran center's embedded in a lengthy absence that stems from a strained left hamstring. He is officially questionable for Sunday, though his availability could well hinge on his ability to participate in pregame warmups. Look for more details to come out ahead of tipoff.
Gasol (hamstring) won't play in Thursday's matchup against Golden Star, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
As anticipated, Gasol will miss a 15th straight contest. Serge Ibaka is back and will likely see a massive role in Thursday's game against the Warriors. The veteran's next opportunity to take the floor looms Sunday in Sacramento.
Gasol (hamstring) has been downgraded to doubtful for Thursday's contest against Golden State, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Although there was a brief sign of hope that the veteran center may return after being originally considered questionable, Gasol will now likely miss a 15th straight game due to a left hamstring strain. Serge Ibaka is expected to return to action Thursday and could once again see the bulk of minutes at the center position.
Gasol (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday's game at Golden State, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
The veteran big man hasn't seen game action since Jan. 28 due to the hamstring injury, and the fact he's considered questionable is a promising step for his return to the court. Gasol figures to face a minutes restriction one cleared due to the length of the absence, regardless of whether he returns Thursday or later on.
Gasol (hamstring) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Suns.
Gasol was able to do some pregame drills before Sunday's loss to Denver, but it appears the big man is still at least a few more days away from making his return to game action. The veteran has not played since Jan. 28, when he tweaked his left hamstring.
Gasol (hamstring) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Nuggets, but he was spotted going through an on-court workout prior to the contest, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Toronto hasn't yet identified a target date for Gasol's return to game action following his most recent setback with his problematic left hamstring, but his on-court activity Sunday hints that he's making progress. The center is probably unlikely to gain clearance ahead of Tuesday's game versus Golden State, but he may be ready to play at some point during the Raptors' ongoing road trip that wraps up March 9 in Utah.
Gasol is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Nuggets.
Per Eric Koreen of The Athletic, coach Nick Nurse said coming out of the All-Star break that he believes Gasol's latest hamstring-related setback could be a "longer-term thing" than the Raptors first thought when he aggravated the injury Jan. 28. Considering Gasol is 35 years old and previously missed 12 games earlier this season with the same injury before its latest recurrence, it makes sense for the Raptors to proceed cautiously with him. At this point, there's been no reports suggesting Gasol has resumed practicing, so he looks unlikely to take part in the Raptors' five-game road trip that kicks off Sunday.
Gasol (hamstring) won't play Friday against Charlotte.
Gasol is set to miss his 12th straight matchup with a left hamstring strain. His next chance to return comes Sunday in Denver.
Gasol (hamstring) won't play Tuesday against Milwaukee.
The veteran will now miss an 11th straight contest as he tends to a left hamstring strain. Gasol's had 23 absences this season, his most since 2015-16. Serge Ibaka, who's averaging 20.7 points over his past nine outings, is once again in line to garner most of the minutes at the five Tuesday against the Bucks.
Gasol (hamstring) will not play Friday against the Suns and he could be out a "longer term" for cautionary reasons, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
A strained left hamstring has prevented Gasol from taking the court over the past eight games, though the Raptors have managed to post a 7-1 record during that stretch. Still, it sounds like Gasol's absence could extend more than a couple of days, as it's presumably the organization's priority to make sure he's 100 percent healthy for a postseason run. Serge Ibaka should continue starting at center in the meantime.
Gasol (hamstring) may be able to return to action Friday against the Suns, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
Gasol missed the last eight games heading into the All-Star break due to the hamstring strain, but he could avoid missing any additional time. The veteran center's status should receive additional clarity when Toronto's official injury report is released Thursday.
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