Pau Gasol is one of the best centers in the NBA since he joined the league in 2001. However, the 7’0″ center retired from professional basketball, after finishing his career. Pau finished his professional career with the same team which was the start of his journey, FC Barcelona. The center has amassed a fortune from playing basketball. Today we will take a look at the fortune he made playing basketball and his NBA titles.
The Atlanta Hawks drafted Gasol as 3rd overall and was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. It is where he shined for the Tennessee-based franchise before he moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. He won his first NBA title with the Lakers while playing alongside Kobe Bryant. He is also a two-time Olympic silver medalist, and one of the best centers.
How many NBA championships did Pau Gasol win?
Pau Gasol got his hands on the NBA championship when he joined hands with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. His trade to the Lakers included several players and draft picks. However, in his first 2 seasons with the Lakers, he won 2 NBA titles. As witnessed, he made an instant impact joining the purple and gold.
🏆🏆 @paugasol‘s all-around game helped the @Lakers win back-to-back titles in ’09 and ’10!#GraciasPau
Watch his Jersey Retirement tonight at halftime of MEM/LAL: https://t.co/WeJDmfdZrM pic.twitter.com/Ount0p7y63
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) March 7, 2023
Gasol spend 6 years with the Lakers before he was traded to the Chicago Bulls. Pau’s best years came with the Lakers, and after he left Los Angeles, he didn’t manage to hit the same heights. He went on to play for the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks before returning to FC Barcelona.
Pau Gasol endorsements and NBA earnings
Gasol is a 6x NBA All-Star and played in Spain and the US. The majority of his earning came from playing basketball. According to Celebrity Net Worth his net worth is estimated at $65 million.
Gasol was one of the highest earners in the league, and during just 3 years with the Lakers, he earned $59 million. He moved to the Chicago Bulls for a two-year contract worth $22.3 million. He had a salary bump after joining the San Antonio Spurs and earned $31.7 million for a three-year contract. The Spurs offered him a $48.8 million extension for the next 3 seasons, however, he turned it down to play a season for Milwaukee Bucks to win another championship.
It’s Game Day! #ConferenceFinals #NBAPlayoffs #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/vLwMrRPC6E
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 15, 2019
However, Gasol made $219 million by playing basketball. His impact on the Lakers by winning 2 back-to-back championships was crucial. During his career he signed multiple endorsement deals with Nike, San Miguel, and Banco Popular Espanol. According to Forbes, he earned $2.5 million from endorsement deals alone.
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