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Pau Gasol to join Portland Trail Blazers coaching staff

Just two weeks after the Blazers waived Pau Gaol, coach Terry Stotts told reporters that the former All-Star big man will rejoin the team — as an assistant coach.

Gasol, who was unable to successfully recover from left foot surgery, did not play for Portland after signing a one-year deal with the Blazers in July. He will not, however, fade into retirement, but instead will take an active role for an 8-13 Blazers team seeking to right the ship after a rough start to the season. Stotts added that Gasol’s coaching role, which will begin when he returns from Spain, was planned as soon as he was waived on Nov. 20.

A two-time NBA champion with the Lakers and six-time All-Star, Gasol played 18 NBA seasons after being drafted third overall by Memphis in 2001. The Barcelona native also boasts three EuroBasket gold medals and the 2006 FIBA World Championships gold medal from his time with the Spanish national team.