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Golden State Warriors could keep Marc Gasol in the NBA

Gasol, who was waived by the Grizzlies after being traded by the Lakers, is thought to be a candidate to fill the vacant spot in the Warriors' roster.

Golden State Warriors could keep Marc Gasol in the NBA
Ettienne LaurentEFE

The NBA may not be ready to say goodbye to Marc Gasol just yet.

Although the Spaniard has been planning to return to his home country and play for Bàsquet Girona, a club where the 36-year-old already serves as president, the Golden State Warriors are thought to be out to keep him in the United States.

Golden State instead of Girona for Gasol?

The Athletic’s Anthony V Slater has named Gasol, who almost joined Golden State a year ago, among the players in the frame to fill the vacant 15th spot in the Warriors’ roster ahead of the 2021/22 season.

However, Girona is believed to remain the preferred destination for Gasol, who has kept tight-lipped about his plans. The player has previously spoken of his affection for the Calatan city - where a successful two-year spell with the now-defunct CB Girona earned him a move to the US - and has expressed a desire to end his career there.

After CB Girona folded in 2013 - having changed its name to CB Sant Josep - Gasol founded Básquet Girona the following year. The club plays in the LEB Oro division, the second tier of men’s league basketball in Spain.

Gasol unattached following end of LA Lakers stint

Gasol parted company with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month after being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who opted to waive the player at his request.

The Warriors are also considering a host of other names for the open spot in Steve Kerr’s roster, with Gary Payton seemingly the likeliest candidate. Isaiah Thomas, Ryan Arcidiacono and the retired Darren Collison are also said to be in the shake-up.