Marc Gasol’s second stint with the Memphis Grizzlies ended after just five days, as planned.
The Grizzlies waived the three-time All-Star center on Wednesday. Gasol was acquired along with a 2024 second-round pick and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday for the draft rights to Chinese 7-foot center Wang Zhelin.
Per ESPN, the 36-year-old Barcelona native wanted to start the 2021-22 season in his native Spain.
Gasol also was the 2012-13 NBA Defensive Player of the Year during his time in Memphis (2008-19). He is the franchise’s all-time leader in rebounds (5,942) and blocks (1,135) and ranks second behind Mike Conley in both points (11,684) and assists (2,639).
After leaving Memphis in a trade, Gasol won an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.
He averaged career lows in points (5.0), rebounds (4.1) and minutes per game (19.1) during his lone season with the Lakers (2020-21).
Gasol owns career averages of 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 blocks in 891 games (866 starts).