Marc Gasol Suggests Changes May Be Needed In Memphis

After nine seasons in Memphis, Marc Gasol may be ready for a new start, according to Ronald Tillery of The Memphis Commercial Appeal. In an interview with a Spanish media outlet, the all-star center indicated the Grizzlies should shake things up if they can’t put together a serious run in the playoffs.

“I’m very ambitious and I’ve wanted Memphis to be a great franchise,” Gasol said. “We’ve grown a lot the last 6-7 years, but we have to keep growing. If this is not lined up, maybe we may have to revisit things.”

Gasol still has two years and nearly $47MM left on the extension he signed in 2015, plus a player option worth nearly $25.6MM for 2019/20. So it will be a while before he has any leverage to force Memphis into a trade.

He is a three-time all-star and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He appeared in 74 games last season, averaging 19.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per night.

The Grizzlies already lost Zach Randolph, who signed with the Kings after eight years in Memphis, while Tony Allen, another key player from the “grit and grind” era, remains a free agent and appears unlikely to return.

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21 thoughts on “Marc Gasol Suggests Changes May Be Needed In Memphis

  1. acarneglia

    Marc Gasol to Charlotte for Dwight Howard, Jeremy Lamb and a First

    Marc Gasol to San Antonio for LaMarcus Aldridge, Danny Green, and a First

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    • justinkm19

      That’s too much. LA and a first would probably get it done

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      • x%sure

        Not enough in either case. Gasol upgrades almost all centers. 1Gobert 2Davis 3Gasol 4Embiid if healthy 5Turner

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          • acarneglia

            What about Whiteside? Jordan? Draymond(I consider him a C)?

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              • x%sure

                Towns may not be interested in defense and Jordan can’t shoot. Green is not more of a center than Pachula, West, Mcgee. Cousins, Jokic and Whiteside next… I would like to see them on a winner which will likely happen in Miami.
                Zeller and Howard on the same team will be interesting. Davis can play forward in N.O. but presumably only one will start in Charlotte… has to be Zeller.

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  2. Robert88

    Memphis- sf jaylen brown
    Pf Jordan mickey
    Pg marcus smart
    ’18 1st rd pick
    Boston-c marc gasol

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  3. Reflect

    Maybe it’s just me but it seems there’s been an influx of players publicly whining about their own team or trying to leave or etc…

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    • Maybe Durant going to Golden State and playing in a great environment wasn’t such a bad choice.

      Yep, a lot of people whining but a lot of the players are thinking their current situation sucks.

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  4. x%sure

    Marc Gasol is major. I’d like to see him with Ben McLemore moving to Cleveland for Irving and CFrye, then Mclemore to Utah for Rodney Hood. But that’s probably not the direction Gilbert/Altman is taking. In the real world, Durant joined the GSW, and centers are not trending anymore, even though Marc G can hustle, facilitate, menace, and hit 3s.
    BTW Pau Gasol is the newest 3pt phenom at 54%! Inrsting

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    • yoyo137

      There is no way you could get Rodney Hood for Ben McLemore. Unless you wanna throw in like 2 first round picks Rodney Hood is a hooper and is worth a lot more than McLemore

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    • yoyo137

      And in this case D Rose is the starter and Calderon is backup PG, if Rose gets hurt you’re starting Calderon. Even beyond the fact that the Grizzlies are a super unlikely landing spot for Kyrie, the Cavs would be much better off getting Eric Bledsoe, some young controllable players, and some picks from Phoenix rather than getting Marc Gasol for 2 years

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      • x%sure

        At the start of the offseason, Memphis mgmt said things needed to change, beyond Zac R, and I doubt he was talking about Conley.
        Utah never sounds pleased with Hood and he always seems out of place there. These pieces are available though with Hayward leaving, they will be trying again with Hood.
        The Cavs do not need a dominant PG because of James, but they would like a Durant-marker. IMO Hood could also play some PG because he manuevers with his head up and doesn’t seem bothered by pressure at least when I saw him. He’s a hooper as you say. As is M.Gasol, more than given credit for because he was so raw initially.
        I thought McLemore was considered valuable and his stats are good but I see minutes are declining for whatever reason. Also he was just signed. So, complications.
        Irving would be best at 2guard IMO, even in Phoenix.
        The Phoenix deal relies on them cooperating.
        But Altman is not favoring centers anyway, the NBA in general is not as it turns out. A young wing is actually the priority there… Jackson more important than Bledsoe! So it seems.

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  5. I do agree that there has been an abundance of players “commenting” on their team’s outlook lately, but I do understand Gasol here. Unlike Irving who has won a Chip and been to two other finals, Marc has been in many very good regular season Grizz teams that have not accomplished much in the playoffs. He’s been loyal, and he’s not asking to leave, it seems like he’s looking for change within the team.

    As much as people poo-poo on Durant, true pros want to win, and I don’t think Gasol is any different. After all these years, I think he deserves a chance to.

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    • Let’s see, as long as he doesn’t go to the team that eliminated him in the playoffs…. and has some great players on it. Then everybody will be okay with it, like if he goes to a team with only a couple All Stars instead of a great team.

      Then everybody will be okay and everybody will be nice to him in the press and won’t call him names.

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