Ex-NBA All-Star Marc Gasol Announces Retirement From Basketball

Marc Gasol of Spain at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2019
Marc Gasol of Spain at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2019. Photo by Imaginechina/Shutterstock (10377555d)

Former NBA All-Star Marc Gasol announced his retirement from basketball on Wednesday. Gasol played 14 years in the NBA, suiting up for the Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, and Los Angeles Lakers. 

Gasol last played in the NBA during the 2020-21 campaign before returning to native Spain. He then spent two seasons playing for Bàsquet Girona, a club he founded. The 39-year-old averaged 10.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game for Girona in 2022-23.

Gasol made his NBA debut with the Grizzlies in 2008. He spent more than 10 seasons in Memphis, earning three All-Star nods and being named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He was also part of the team that made the Western Conference Finals during the 2012–13 campaign.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Grizzlies plan to retire Gasol’s No. 33 jersey.

Gasol left the Grizzlies midway through the 2018–19 season, joining the Raptors and becoming part of the team that won the 2019 NBA title. He spent his last season in the NBA with the Lakers. During his NBA career, Gasol averaged 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game.

Gasol was also successful with Spain’s national team, winning two FIBA World Cups, two Eurobaskets, and two silver medals at the Olympics.