According to Lakers Daily’s Ryan Ward, the former Toronto Raptors center had a very specific reason for wanting to come to L.A.
Marc Gasol on choosing the Lakers: "It boiled down to a chance of winning a championship…"
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) November 25, 2020
Gasol got his first taste of winning an NBA title when he joined the Raptors during the 2018-19 season via a midseason trade. Prior to playing in Toronto, Gasol had spent his entire career with the Memphis Grizzlies.
A former Defensive Player of the Year winner, Gasol brings a certain kind of toughness to the Lakers, who are looking to win back-to-back titles next season. He may no longer be the defensive whiz that he used to be in Memphis, but he still plays smart defense, nearly averaging a block per game last season.
Gasol’s experience and veteran savvy will come in handy when the Lakers begin defense of their 2019-20 title this December when the new season starts. He has career averages of 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.