Grizzlies rumors: Memphis still plans on keeping Marc Gasol
The Memphis Grizzlies have continued to see their season tailspin south falling to one of the worst records in the league through nearly the halfway mark of the campaign.
Teams are curious to study Memphis’ plans with center Marc Gasol, but so far, the Grizzlies say they’re planning to keep him.
Memphis has only seen things progress further south as the season worn on, but that has yet to push the team to look for a feasible trade for their All-Star big man. Gasol has been the one constant this year for the team putting up another highly productive campaign averaging 18.3 points along with 8.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in per contest while playing in all 39 games.
He has been able to provide stability with star point guard Mike Conley still out of the mix without a timetable for a return from an Achilles injury. The team is also with veteran forward Chandler Parsons due to a nagging knee injury that has continued to bother him this season.
Although it would be a simple ploy for the Grizzlies to move on from Gasol, the team’s season has been derailed by injury preventing them from having a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for an eighth consecutive year. Instead, Memphis has fallen among the worst teams in the league through the first half of the season sitting well out of the playoff picture.
However, if things continue to progress south leading up much closer to the trade deadline, the Grizzlies could begin to consider moving Gasol. The 32-year-old still has two more years left on his five-year, $113.2 million deal that includes a $25.5 million player option for the 2019-20 season. There could certainly be much more to come on this front in the next few weeks.