Hornets, Grizzlies Skeptical Over Completing Gasol Trade

FEBRUARY 6, 9:54am: The trade the Grizzlies and Hornets have discussed would see Gasol head to Charlotte in exchange for Bismack Biyombo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and a protected first-round pick, league sources tell Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. However, the two sides haven’t been able to agree on the protections for the draft pick, according to O’Connor, who confirms that the impasse might be enough to derail the deal entirely.

FEBRUARY 5, 11:06pm: There is “increasing skepticism” that a trade sending Gasol to the Hornets will happen, sources tell Sean Deveney of Sporting News. Deveney notes that a deal has “not progressed” despite Charlotte’s interest in the veteran center.

9:25pm: While the Hornets and Grizzlies have discussed Gasol, no trade has been agreed upon yet, tweets Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian. Gasol joined his Memphis teammates on the bench for tonight’s game against Minnesota.

5:01pm: The Grizzlies are in “strong talks” to send veteran center Marc Gasol to the Hornets, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). As both sides negotiate the framework of the deal, including Gasol’s $24.1MM salary, the Grizzlies will sit the big man tonight against the Timberwolves, Charania adds.

Gasol, along with longtime Memphis teammate Mike Conley, has been at the forefront of trade rumors since the team put both players on the trade block last month. We relayed earlier today that the Raptors reportedly expressed interest in both Gasol and Conley. The Kings and Pistons have previously expressed interest in Conley.

The 34-year-old has spent his entire 11-year career with the Grizzlies, making three All-Star teams. While injuries have slowed the Spaniard in recent years, he’s still an above average contributor, averaging 15.7 PPG and 8.6 RPG in 53 games this season.

Per Marc Stein of the New York Times (Twitter link), Hornets owner Michael Jordan wants the team to make the playoffs. Therefore, he has let teams know that the team intends to be a buyer approaching Thursday’s trade deadline. At 26-26, Charlotte is currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Nets by half a game.

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42 thoughts on “Hornets, Grizzlies Skeptical Over Completing Gasol Trade

    • jkoms57

      Cuz they need a center and want to make the playoffs.

      Potentially knock out a sorry team like the Celtics or 6ers…

      • Itrainsontuesday

        Adding Gasol won’t get them to the second round. First 4 will be MIL, TOR, BOS, and PHL. They’ll have to play one of them in the 1st round.

        • hiflew

          I really hate the “why try if you think you can’t win” mentality. It is not only bad for sports, it is bad for life in general.

          • Dodgethis

            Agreed. I was raised to always give 100% and always try to win, even if you are going to lose. It’s one of the lessons that keeps youth sports in business. It’s one of the reasons I’m a fan of the San Francisco giants, they don’t believe in doing anything but going for gold every year.

        • AnthonyDavisIsGoat23

          If they add gasoline I bet the Hornets could beat the celtics or the 6ers

  1. jeremy

    Hmm Parker and gasol on the same team. I bet walker be happy to have a legit center

  2. Codeeg

    From one boring market to another.
    Get this guy to a team that has a chance in the playoffs.

      • brewcrew08

        Hornets have a chance in the playoffs? Come on now lol. Going in as a 7 or 8 seed Toronto or Milwaukee beat them in 4

        • jkoms57

          Well duh, they’re trying to move up to be a 5 or 6 seed by getting Gasol.

          Celtics & 6ers are both capable of losing to a team that has Kemba & Gasol.

          • I give no fox

            I agree the celts/sixers are capable of losing A game to a gasol/kemba team…but that’s about it. In a seven game series there is no way Charlotte wins unless embiid and Irving get hurt. Even then I would still have my doubts

  3. xabial

    But I thought Fizdale was a bad coach who couldnt get along with him?

    And it got him fired. I thought Fizdale was the problem?

    Tell me, how did Gasol, or team do, after Fizdale’s firig?

    Feel bad for Fiz. Knicks embraced the full-on tank, and this team’s record (or losing streak, for that matter)
    says nothing of Coach Fiz’s ability! Finally! NY has a good coach, and I feel lucky to have him as Coach.

    • mcmillankmm

      Yes, Fizdale benched his best player in the 4th quarter without any reason….and was appropriately fired.

      • victorg

        and he is benching his best player in NY to go “young” when that player is 26 years old…..

  4. Minato

    Memphis will probably receive Batum, Hernangomez, 2019 CHA 1st, and 2019 WAS 2nd

  5. Most of the possible trades I can imagine are awful for the Hornets. Gasol has very little left.

    • jkoms57

      For whom are you referring the point?

      That Char removes a bust from their team or are u looking at him as an asset for Memphis? Lol

  6. Jayhawks34

    Monk, only if the Grizz take on one of the crap contracts like Batum or Biyambo.
    Otherwise, that’s a hefty price for a first round bounce.

  7. Who cares both teams are in significant and going nowhere. Gasoline spends another year wasted going to Charlotte

    • hiflew

      The Hornets are leading their division and will be playing a lot of games against the other 4 teams in their division that won’t be playoff bound.

  8. Z-A

    Something that could work for both…

    Gasol + Parsons for Batum, MKG, Monk, Hernangomez

  9. Nebraska Tim

    The Grizzlies front office has to stop leaking stupid details. This is not a good look on them.

  10. x%sure

    I can see everyone benefitting from the change. Gasol in the playoffs, Gilchrist starting at the 4, Biyombo…
    Okay good for both teams. But no so far.

  11. formerlyz

    Not all that different from what I thought the clippers would include in a Gasol trade

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