Sports Update, Thursday, Nov. 21 – Trail Blazers Waive Injured Forward Pau Gasol

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019

The once L A Laker great and still injured Paul Gasol was released by the Portland Trail Blazers yesterday. 

Gasol was waived as his lingering foot injury has prevented him from playing basketball.  Gasol announced the decision on Wednesday.

Gasol said that he and the Trail Blazers realized when he signed that his injury could linger and agreed to an option that would allow the team to release him when he signed a one-year deal in the offseason.

He also announced that he will remain with the Trail Blazers in a yet-to-be-defined offcourt role, but that he plans to continue to rehab his injury with hopes of returning to the court.

Gasol, 39, was limited to 30 games last season with the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks. He underwent surgery for a stress fracture on his left foot on May 10.

A six-time All Star and 18-season NBA veteran, Gasol is among just four players with over 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks in his career, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. He has a pair of NBA championship rings from a stint with the Lakers.

Gasol’s signing was meant to shore up the Blazers at center while the team awaits the return of Jusuf Nurkic, who broke his leg during a game in March. Portland is also depleted at the forward position after Zach Collins underwent shoulder surgery.

The Trail Blazers this week signed 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who made his debut with the team on Tuesday night against New Orleans.

The top-graded offensive lineman in the nation by Pro Football Focus through the first 12 weeks of the season, Oregon Duck sophomore offensive lineman Penei Sewell has been named one of six finalists for the Outland Trophy, announced on Wednesday by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.
 
The 2019 Outland Trophy, presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), is awarded annually to the nation’s best college interior lineman on offense or defense. The only semifinalist who is an underclassman, Sewell is just the third player in program history to be named a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, joining Jake Fisher (2014) and Haloti Ngata (2005). Ngata went on to be a finalist in 2005.
 
Sewell’s dominance at left tackle protecting Heisman hopeful quarterback Justin Herbert has been on full display this season. He leads all offensive linemen nationally with an overall grade of 96.5, according to PFF, while also leading the way with a 95.8 run-blocking grade while his 90.6 pass-blocking mark ranks second. In 364 pass-blocking snaps this season, Sewell has allowed just six pressures and no sacks. He has put together six games without allowing a pressure, hurry or hit on the quarterback.

The Oregon State Beavers can become bowl eligible with a win this weekend against Washington State in Pullman.

The Beavers are markedly improved from last year, having gone 5-5 on the season so far.  Oregon wraps up the season next weekend with a game against the Oregon Ducks.

NCAA teams must have at least 6 wins in a season to be invited to a bowl game.

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