Memphis, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies traded with the Los Angeles Lakers for a player any Grizz fan is sure to remember.
The Lakers agreed to trade three-time All-Star Marc Gasol back to Memphis where he played for 11 years after coming to Memphis in a 2008 Grizzlies-Lakers trade for his brother Pau Gasol.
Of course, Memphis fans remember when the “Core Four” broke up and the Grizzlies traded Gasol to the Toronto Raptors in 2019.
Gasol’s reunion with Memphis was short-lived, however, as the Grizzlies cut the 36-year-old big man less than a week later.
The move allows the Lakers to save $10 million, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. L.A. also acquired the draft rights to Wang Zhelin from Memphis.
On the Grizzlies end, along with Gasol, Memphis received a 2024 second-round pick from the Lakers and the trade would officially allow Gasol to retire a Grizzly, should the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year decide to hang up his basketball shoes for good.
The Grizzlies waiving Gasol also allows him to stay in Spain with his family, Wojnarowski said.
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