Friday , Oct , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis re-signs Gasol to multi-year deal

=== Memphis re-signs Gasol to multi-year deal ===

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies signed All-Star forward
Pau Gasol to a multi-year contract on Friday. Terms of the deal were not
announced.

Gasol, 24, played in 78 games last season, leading the team in scoring with
17.7 points, rebounding at 7.7 per contest and blocks with 1.69. He ranked
20th in the NBA in field goal percentage (.482) and 18th in blocks.

“We are delighted to reach a contract agreement with Pau,” said Grizzlies
President of Basketball Operations Jerry West. “His play in the Olympic games
this summer displayed his value, while showcasing his talent to people
throughout the world. Pau is a dynamic player, and we are happy to have him in
Memphis as the cornerstone of our franchise.”

During the Grizzlies playoff series versus the Spurs, Gasol averaged 18.5
points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.50 blocks, scoring a team-playoff
high 22 points in Game 4.

“This is a very important step in my career,” said Gasol. “I want to express
my happiness and gratitude to the organization, especially to Jerry West,
Michael Heisley and the local owners, as this is a very big commitment for all
parties. I look forward to being a part of the Grizzlies exciting future and
taking this team to another level.”

In 242 career-games and 232 career-starts, Gasol has averaged 18.1 points, 8.5
rebounds and 1.86 blocks in 34.8 minutes per game. Selected by the Atlanta
Hawks in the first round (third overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft, Gasol was
traded to Memphis along with Lorenzen Wright and Brevin Knight for Shareef
Abdur-Rahim on June 27, 2001.

Also on Friday, Memphis re-signed forward Stromile Swift to a one-year
contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

Swift, who was a restricted free agent, averaged 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds
in 77 games last season. The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder also swatted a career-high
118 shots.

The second overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft has career averages of 8.8
points, 5.1 boards and 1.4 blocks in 292 contests.

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