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Veteran big man Pau Gasol has officially signed with the Milwaukee Bucks after clearing waivers, the team announced in a news release.
Gasol, 38, agreed to a contract buyout with the San Antonio Spurs last week. He has missed 26 games this season because of a stress fracture in his foot.
He is averaging career lows in points (4.2), rebounds (4.7) and minutes (12.2) this season, while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Gasol carries career averages of 17.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 blocked shots in 33.5 minutes in 1,223 games (1,150 starts) in his 18 NBA seasons, shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 75.4 percent from the charity stripe.
The six-time All-Star has earned more than $220 million in his NBA career.
According to Shams Charania of Stadium, Gasol gave back $2.5 million in his buyout with the Spurs to join the Bucks, “lowering San Antonio’s salary cap hit for this season and 2019-20.”
Along with Gasol, the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks have added veteran forward Nikola Mirotic (via the New Orleans Pelicans) since early February.
Colton Jones contributed to this report.