Marc Gasol was an important part of the Toronto Raptors’ journey to win the 2019 NBA title. Coming in the middle of the season from the Memphis Grizzlies, Marc seemed to be the last piece to complete the main Raptors squad, which at that time was inhabited by Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Pascal Siakam.
Unfortunately, this season, Marc failed to make a good contribution. Injuries made him appear only 44 times and contributed 7.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. The points and rebounds are the lowest in his 12 seasons in the NBA. This was exacerbated by the final result of the Raptors who failed to repeat last season’s achievements after being eliminated from the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals through seven games.
This series of decline in performance has made Marc reportedly open up the possibility to play in Europe next season. This news was first reported by Radio Ser Catalunya . Apart from the decline in performance, one other strong reason for Marc returning to Europe is to get closer to his family.
Even so, there has been no official decision from the 35-year-old player. Marc is also still open to the possibility of playing in the NBA if there is an appropriate offer. As a flashlight, with this modern basketball game, Marc is required to sharpen the accuracy of long-range shots rather than dwelling in the ring. This should have allowed him to stay in the NBA even longer.
However, if Marc returns to Europe, it is very likely that the game against the Celtics will then be his last game in the NBA. Apart from winning the title last season, Marc also has a myriad of individual slick records in the NBA. He was selected three times as an All Star (2012, 2015, 2017), Defensive Player of the Year (2013), and All-NBA First Team in 2015. Together with the Spanish national team, Marc also won a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
The action of European players returning to their hometowns for family reasons is nothing new in the NBA. Last season, former Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and Milwaukee Bucks player Nikola Mirotic abandoned a multi-million dollar contract offer to be closer to his family in Spain. Mirotic now plays for Barcelona