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Portland Trail Blazers to sign veteran free agent Pau Gasol

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Connor Grott
Former San Antonio Spurs big man Pau Gasol (16) agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Former San Antonio Spurs big man Pau Gasol (16) agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

July 24 (UPI) -- Veteran free-agent big man Pau Gasol agreed to a one-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Gasol announced the deal Wednesday on social media. League sources told ESPN that the contract is worth $2.6 million.

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"I'm very excited to announce that next season (my 19th in the @NBA) I'll play for the @trailblazers," Gasol wrote on Twitter. "Ready and happy to join one of the best teams in the league!"

Gasol, 39, will join a frontcourt rotation that includes Hassan Whiteside, Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic, who suffered a serious leg injury last season. The Trail Blazers lost Enes Kanter in their rotation after he decided to sign with the Boston Celtics this off-season.

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Gasol signed with the Milwaukee Bucks after a buyout with the San Antonio Spurs last season. He played only three games with the Bucks before suffering a season-ending foot injury. In 30 contests (six starts) between the Spurs and Bucks, he averaged a career-low 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

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The Atlanta Hawks selected Gasol with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. The Hawks traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

Gasol, a six-time All-Star choice, won two NBA championships while starring alongside Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers. In his 18-year career, he has averaged 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game with the Grizzlies, Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Spurs and Bucks.

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