Report: Marc Gasol to retire from international game and finish out contract with Lakers

Robert Marvi
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With NBA free agency underway, there has been some uncertainty about the depth chart of the Los Angeles Lakers, particularly in the frontcourt.

Center Marc Gasol, who played for the Purple and Gold this past season, will return and satisfy the final year of his contract with the team.

Gasol, 36, signed with the Lakers last offseason. Although he played poorly early in the season, he started to come on strong down the stretch of the campaign.

Perhaps his biggest value to the team is his 3-point shooting. In the 2020-21 NBA season, he made 41.0 percent of his attempts from downtown.

He also has the ability to play strong position defense against other widebody centers such as Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.

With Gasol back, the Lakers’ rotation at the center position seems set. Earlier on Monday, Dwight Howard agreed to return to the team.

It also appears that superstar big man Anthony Davis will play more minutes than before at the center position in an attempt to accommodate the arrival of fellow superstar Russell Westbrook.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.