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Grizzlies Notes: Front Office, Calathes, Gasol

The position of player personnel director that the Grizzlies are seeking to fill would serve as a GM-in-waiting for the club, according to Brian Windhorst of That seems to indicate that Memphis envisions once more transitioning away from Chris Wallace as the head of the front office at some point, though there doesn’t appear to be a timetable for doing so. In any case, Memphis is casting a “wide net” as it conducts its search, Windhorst writes. Here’s more on the Grizzlies:

  • Nick Calathes is on a non-guaranteed contract with the Grizzlies for next season, but he’s drawing interest from multiple European clubs. CSKA Moscow has matched a three-year, $6.5MM offer from Panathinaikos of Greece for the 25-year-old guard, according to Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia, advancing an earlier report from Sport24 (translation via Carchia). Calathes would have to sit out the first 13 games of next season because of a drug suspension.
  • Kevin Love‘s ability to hit free agency next year has sparked a glut of trade rumors, but that’s not so for Marc Gasol, another star big man set to hit the market in July 2015. There’s a decent chance that it will the last opportunity for Gasol, who’ll be 30 next year, to cash in with a lucrative long-term deal, but Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal hears that he’ll prioritize winning over money, as Tillery writes in a subscription-only piece.
  • Gasol also told Tillery of his affection for the Grizzlies. “You know my relationship with Memphis and my relationship with the Grizzlies,” Gasol said. “I’ve always said Memphis is my home away from home. [Owner] Robert [Pera] knows that. I know that. My teammates know that and that’s all that matters. I live day to day but I don’t see myself anywhere else. Only time will time. But I don’t see a reason to change right now. Why would I change right now?”
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