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Heisley: Up to Gasol if he stays with Memphis

Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:29 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

The Grizzlies had a pretty improbable run to a game within the Western Conference Finals and while many saw them as the NBA's Cinderella, they're actually pretty well set up to do it again.

The team has most of the roster under contract for the next few years and not just that, the Grizzlies will also be getting maybe their best player back in Rudy Gay who missed the entire postseason.

The only major, lingering offseason question for the Grizzlies though is the future of center Marc Gasol. Memphis just locked up his frontcourt buddy Zach Randolph to a multi-year extension, locked up point guard Mike Conley before the season and inked Gay to a big extension last summer. There's a lot of money tied up already in a few players and with the way Gasol played in the postseason, he's going to require a hefty price as well.

Gasol is a restricted free agent this summer and there's already been a lot of chatter about bigger market teams chasing the big man. But Grizzly owner Michael Heisley told ESPN.com that Memphis will eagerly pursue him. The ball basically is in Gasol's court.

"Marc will decide whether he wants to be here. We will aggressively go after him," Heisley said.. "He's a restricted free agent, so we can match whatever's out there. But obviously if Marc wants to leave, I'm going to have a different attitude than if he wants to stay. I hope he wants to stay. And after what we've done in the playoffs, I think he will."

Insert comment about the uncertainty of the CBA here, but whatever the case, the Grizzlies are going to have to figure out a strong plan as to what to do. It's unlikely they'll retain O.J. Mayo who will be a free agent in two years as Memphis simply won't have the space available. What's going to happen is a shuffling of pieces and a restructuring of the core in some ways. General manager Chris Wallace isn't afraid to move on from old pieces (see Hasheem Thabeet) in order to sustain what they have going.

Gasol has actually become maybe the prize of the offseason though as he's a seven footer with a balanced game. He can defend, rebound and carry a team in places. Teams like the Nets and Knicks both will have some money to spend and depending on how they see things turned out with Dwight Howard, they could make a play on Gasol. And at just 26, he still has a lot of time to grow and improve. Keeping him could be a challenge because other teams may simply outbid Memphis and lay a contract on the table they're not comfortable matching. But we'll see.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Heisley: Up to Gasol if he stays with Memphis

Heat.. Send Miller and Bosh their way.. lol.. well at least Miller..



Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Heisley: Up to Gasol if he stays with Memphis

Memphis loves Gasol and yes he will get a large number, but when the city likes a player even, if Heisley is tight on money, That money tends to pop up in Memphis. Renew Fed Ex naming rights etc. He will stay in Memphis. thanks Fred.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Heisley: Up to Gasol if he stays with Memphis

Pistons... yea, I think he'll take playoff success over epic failure.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Heisley: Up to Gasol if he stays with Memphis

I know hawks gave j.johnson a lot of money last year & crawford is a free agent but gasol in the middle would allow horford play his true position at power forward. teague, johnson, smith, horford & gasol would be a stout starting 5.




Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Heisley: Up to Gasol if he stays with Memphis

Lakers?



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Heisley: Up to Gasol if he stays with Memphis

I can see him ending up in Boston




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Heisley: Up to Gasol if he stays with Memphis

Pistons please!!



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Heisley: Up to Gasol if he stays with Memphis

Gasol to Philly


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