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Report: Blazers agree to deal with veteran center Pau Gasol

Gasol, a six-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, is 39 years old. He averaged 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season.
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San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol gestures after hitting a 3-pointer during a game in 2018.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers and Pau Gasol have agreed to a one-year deal, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The 7-foot, 250-pound Gasol is 39 years old, and the upcoming season will be his 19th. He averaged 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game last season. He played in 30 games, 27 with the Spurs and three with the Bucks.

Gasol underwent a procedure on his left foot in May. He told Wojnarowski earlier this month that he expects to be fully cleared for basketball activities in early August.

"My recovery from surgery has been smooth," he said. "I cannot wait to start training again."

Gasol was limited to just 30 games last season because of ankle and foot injuries, but he's just a year removed from starting 63 games for the Spurs, and averaging 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game.

A six-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, Gasol has averaged 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 1,226 career games with the Grizzlies, Lakers, Bulls, Spurs and Bucks.

"Pau is a future Hall of Famer that brings invaluable championship experience and an elite skill set and basketball IQ to our roster," Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in a release.

Gasol paired with Kobe Bryant to win two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

Here's a look at a projected depth chart for the Blazers with their current roster:

  • Point guard: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons
  • Shooting guard: CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Gary Trent Jr.
  • Small forward: Rodney Hood, Mario Hezonja, Nassir Little
  • Power forward: Zach Collins, Anthony Tolliver, Skal Labissiere
  • Center: Hassan Whiteside, Pau Gasol, Jusuf Nurkic (injured)

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Jared Cowley writes about the Trail Blazers and other topics for KGW.com. He's also the co-host of the 3-on-3 Blazers podcast (listen here). You can reach him on Twitter @jaredcowley.