The Los Angeles Lakers roster is beginning to take shape.
After some questions surrounded his future in the NBA, Marc Gasol confirmed that he will be returning to the Lakers for the 2021-22 NBA season after Spain was eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
After losing to Team USA Marc Gasol confirmed he will comeback for a 13th season and finish out his contract with the Lakers.- Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 3, 2021
Gasol, 36, signed a two-year deal with the Lakers last offseason. In his first season with Los Angeles, Gasol appeared in 52 games (42 starts), posting averages of 5.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 19.1 minutes per game.
Gasol's role changed after Los Angeles signed center Andre Drummond, as he started in just one of five playoff games, averaging 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 17.4 minutes against the Phoenix Suns.
While Drummond's future with the franchise remains up in the air, Gasol's return is another addition to the Lakers' frontcourt rotation following the report that Dwight Howard is set to return for a third stint in Los Angeles.
The Lakers' busy offseason got going with the reported draft-day acquisition of 2017 league MVP Russell Westbrook, and the team has also reportedly reached agreements with free agents Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore and Wayne Ellington Jr.
As LeBron James gears up for his 19th NBA season, he'll be surrounded with plenty of veteran talent in Ariza (36), Gasol (36), Ellington (33), Bazemore (32), Westbrook (32) and Anthony Davis (28), while 20-year-old restricted free agent Talen Horton-Tucker is expected to be retained.
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