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.