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Pau Gasol signs for Milwaukee Bucks from San Antonio Spurs

Monday 4 March 2019 08:45, UK

Pau Gasol #16 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on February 4, 2019 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
Image: Pau Gasol has joined Milwaukee Bucks

Pau Gasol has signed for the Milwaukee Bucks after agreeing a contract buyout with the San Antonio Spurs.

Gasol spent nearly three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs before agreeing to terms on a buyout on Friday. The move came in time for him to be eligible for postseason play with his new team.

The 38-year-old is in his 18th NBA season and won two titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

The seven-foot veteran will add more size to the Bucks' frontcourt, alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo for the team that has the best record in the league at 48-15.

A six-time All-Star, Gasol has career averages of 17.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. His minutes dwindled in San Antonio (career-low 12.2 minutes-per-game this season), and his offensive averages plummeted as well to 4.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Gasol tweeted that he is "thrilled to begin this new chapter in my @NBA journey with the great @Bucks. I look forward to the challenge."

Gasol was the third pick overall in the 2001 NBA Draft, selected by the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks dealt his rights to the Memphis Grizzlies for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

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The Spaniard spent seven-plus seasons with the Grizzlies (2001-08), another seven-plus with the Lakers (2008-14), and two with the Chicago Bulls (2014-16) before signing as a free agent with the Spurs before the 2016-17 season.