Marc Gasol has made a change to his representation, according to Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal, who reports that Octagon Sports has signed the Grizzlies big man. Gasol, who will be represented by agent Alex Saratsis at Octagon, was previously repped by Arn Tellem and Wasserman.
The timing of the move is interesting, since Gasol won’t be signing a new contract anytime soon. Wasserman negotiated a five-year, maximum-salary contract for Gasol less than a year ago, and that deal isn’t set to expire until at least 2019, at which point the former second-round pick will have to exercise or decline a $25.6MM player option.
It’s hard to imagine Gasol being too upset with the max contract negotiated by Wasserman last summer, but perhaps he’s regretting not signing a shorter-term deal that would have allowed him to cash in once the cap increased more significantly. It’s also entirely possible that Gasol just thought it was time for a change.
Gasol, 31, is coming off an injury-shortened season, one in which he was ruled out for the year with a broken foot back in February. He also set or matched career-lows with just 7.0 rebounds per game and a .464 shooting percentage, though most of his other numbers were right in line with what we’ve come to expect from the Memphis center.
Gasol is expected to be ready to go for the 2016/17 season, coming off his foot injury.