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Grizzlies to match any offer sheet on Gasol?

Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 1:52 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Last season the Grizzlies were a fun, surprise team. This year, they're a legitimate contender with real expectations.

But that hinges on one important thing: that Marc Gasol returns.

Gasol is a restricted free agent and with Memphis being a small market team that's supposedly a bit conscious of where it spends, Gasol could be a tricky piece to re-sign. Memphis just inked Rudy Gay, just inked Zach Randolph and just inked Mike Conley. That's a lot of money tied up already, so keeping the likely pricey Gasol could be an issue.

Especially since Gasol, along with Nene, might be the top free agent target out there. But he's a restricted free agent, meaning Memphis can match anything offered to him. And that looks to be an important part of this.

According to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, Memphis plans to match anything offered to Gasol.

"People with knowledge of (owner Michael) Heisley's thinking are convinced that the Grizzlies will match any offer sheet Gasol signs with another suitor."

Heisley had previously said back in May that it would be up to Gasol whether or not he stayed in Memphis.

"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."

With Memphis's deep playoff run and Gasol in the center of it (literally), you can be sure that only strengthened Heisley's conviction to re-sign Gasol.

The Grizzlies would likely have to adjust in order to keep Gasol as part of the core. O.J. Mayo will likely be packing his bafs (he's a restricted free agent in 2012) and Shane Battier likely won't be re-signed (he's unrestricted). So Mayo, who the Grizzlies tried to trade at the deadline last year, will likely be something the Memphis tries to move at some point this season as well.

Re-signing Gasol means Memphis basically would be putting all its long-term eggs into the basket of Gay, Gasol, Randolph and Conley, which isn't a bad core. But is it a championship one? Eh...

Memphis also could sign Gasol to an extension, and is able to pay him more and for longer than any other team. As for being restricted, remember, under this new collective bargaining agreement, the Grizzlies have three days instead of seven to match. And seeing as how the Grizzlies struggle with deadlines (hello O.J. Mayo trade), someone better be on the ball in Memphis.
Comments

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:43 am
 

Grizzlies to match any offer sheet on Gasol?

Marc Gasol is a beast and only getting better. Memphis has a good squad but still a few years away from being a title contender.



Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:43 am
 

Grizzlies to match any offer sheet on Gasol?

Marc Gasol is a beast and only getting better. Memphis has a good squad but still a few years away from being a title contender.


heespook
Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:30 am
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Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:11 am
 

Grizzlies to match any offer sheet on Gasol?

I love the Grizzlies!! They = good.
 



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:00 am
 

Grizzlies to match any offer sheet on Gasol?

Yet the douch bag owner is broke!


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