Six-time All Star center Pau Gasol has acknowledged that returning to the Los Angeles Lakers and playing alongside his brother Marc Gasol would be something "special." Gasol, who won back-to-back NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, played for the Purple and Gold until 2014.
"There is meaning and history there," Gasol said, per ESPN. "I'm not going to lie. It would be very special, and now that my brother [Marc] is there, even more special. But I'm not in a position now to be very demanding.
I don't have 10 offers on the table." Gasol, who turned 40 this past summer, last played for the Milwaukee Bucks and he is hoping to get another shot in the NBA. "I want the opportunity to contribute -- to feel needed," Gasol said.
"Not just to be there. That's not who I am. I want to enjoy it, and players usually enjoy playing."
Marc Gasol wants more NBA titles
Marc Gasol captured his first NBA Championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019 after they stunned the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
The Raptors failed to defend their NBA title last season and Marc Gasol signed with the Lakers, who beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. "He had several teams that were interested," Pau Gasol said of his brother.
"What he valued most was the opportunity to win another championship. To play for the Lakers -- it's such a unique franchise. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, and it's very special for us to be the first brothers to play for the Lakers.
"It would be incredible if it ends up happening where I can join the team at some point." Pau Gasol, who has represented Spain in each of the past four Olympics, is also hoping to play for Spain at the Tokyo Olympics next year.
"To be able to play five Olympics would just be extraordinary," Gasol said. Meanwhile, Marc Gasol claimed leaving the Raptors wasn't easy but he thought that was the right thing to do. "It was tough," Marc Gasol said on leaving the Raptors for the Lakers.
"It was very hard. The first couple days [of free agency] were a little tough for me, but once you kind of decide, 'OK, what [do] you want to do next? Where? How [do] you want to go about your next challenge?' I thought the right thing to do was go with Lakers."