The struggling San Antonio Spurs will be without veteran center Pau Gasol indefinitely, as the 38-year-old suffered a stress fracture in his foot, according to Jabari Young of The Athletic.
Per Young, head coach Gregg Popovich added that Gasol was previously doing some work on the court, but the team put a halt to it. He'll "be out a while,"with no firm timetable established.
Gasol last played on Nov. 4 against the Orlando Magic, scoring 12 points while adding eight rebounds and five assists. The 38-year-old Gasol has averaged just 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and one block per game in the 2018-19 season.
It's bad news for the new-look albeit ageing Spurs team, one that stands at just 10-10 through the first quarter of the season. The Spurs were forced to trade a disgruntled Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors in the offseason.
On top of that, franchise icons Manu Ginobili (retired), and Tony Parker (signed with the Charlotte Hornets), also departed this offseason. Even the genius that is Coach Pop has struggled to get this team by with limited roster depth.
A six-time All-Star, Gasol won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers (2009 and '10), but his production has dipped since he left the organization after the 2013-14 season.
With Gasol seeing his stats decline and the injuries starting to take a toll on him, you do wonder if 2018-19 will be his last season in the NBA. Gasol can still chip in with some timely production at both ends of the court, but he's not exactly a starting-caliber big man anymore.
What This Means
The Spurs will need more from the rest of their role players, as DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge have been asked to do way too much. If this team is to keep its playoff streak in tact, the likes of Patty Mills, Jakob Poeltl and Bryn Forbes to help carry the load.