It was an announcement that sent shockwaves through the basketball world. Pau Gasol is returning to join his boyhood club FC Barcelona and will be wearing jersey No.16.
Nikola Mirotic, Victor Claver and Alex Abrines have all been teammates of Gasol's in the past, and now they were thrilled to learn he will be joining them in Barcelona. Mirotic welcomed him with a special video and Abrines asked his new teammate to follow him on Twitter.
Real Madrid's Rudy Fernandez has been Gasol's teammate on the Spanish national team, but the next time they meet it will be in el Clasico.
Milan point guard Malcolm Delaney liked hearing the news about Gasol's arrival from another perspective.
His former coach on Spain's national team, Pepu Hernandez, celebrated Gasol's return, too.
EuroLeague clubs Valencia Basket and Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv welcomed Gasol back to the European hardwoods. Two Spanish League sides that compete in the 7DAYS EuroCup – MoraBanc Andorra and Herbalife Gran Canaria – were also excited about the big news.
Gasol will be welcomed in Barcelona by a head coach who is also his former teammate and a great friend as evidenced by this old video that a devoted Sarunas Jasikevicius fan posted on Instagram.