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Gasol: Spain ‘Best Option’ If NBA Games Canceled

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Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the third quarter while taking on the New Orleans Hornets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the third quarter while taking on the New Orleans Hornets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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MADRID (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol says he will play for hometown club Barcelona if the NBA lockout continues.

Gasol practiced for the first time with Barcelona on Thursday and says playing in Spain would be the “best option” if he had to look for another league.

He says it would be a “catastrophe” if the NBA lockout leads to the season being canceled.

Younger brother Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies started practicing with Barcelona on Tuesday, while Pau waited a few more days because of an ankle injury.

The brothers were part of the Spain team that won the European Championship last month.

Dallas Mavericks forward Rudy Fernandez signed a contract last month with Real Madrid to play until the end of the lockout.

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