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Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 8:50 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: According to NBA.com, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley follows through on his promise and the team intends to match Marc Gasol's offer sheet from the Rockets for four years, $55 million.

“We’re keeping Marc,” Heisley said. “We can’t afford to let him go … Marc and his agent have to decide what they want to do. But we would definitely match that if that came up to us.”

Gasol tweeted late Monday: "I'm proud to say that we have reached a tentative agreement with my team @memgrizz, can't wait to get on the court with all my teammates!"

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It's been a whirlwind week for the Houston Rockets but come hell or high water, Daryl Morey is getting himself a new big man to replace Yao Ming.

First, it was going to be Pau Gasol, possibly combined with Nene. Now that neither of those things appear to be happening, Morey and the Rockets are going to try and get their Gasol anyway. But in this case, the younger, fuzzier version that's also known as Marc.

According to multiple reports, the Rockets are preparing a four-year, $55 million offer sheet for Marc Gasol. The thinking is, if the Grizzlies don't plan to match the offer sheet on Gasol who is a restricted free agent, Memphis would work a sign-and-trade with the Rockets.

But they're totally going to. No doubt.

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has said the team plans to do everything to keep Gasol and recent reports indicated Memphis would match "any offer" for Gasol. But even if that offer is a max deal? Heisley said this in May:

"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."

There's a chance Gasol just wants to leave Memphis and if he resists the Grizzlies matching, that's where the chance of a sign-and-trade comes in. I think you be sure the Grizzlies want to match, but it's just a matter of if Gasol wants to be there or not.

Of note: That was before Gasol had an outstanding postseason and upped his value by a couple of million. If the Grizzlies were planning on matching this offer, that means they'd have pretty much every penny they have to spare tied up in Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay and Gasol. Like I, and others have said, is that the type of long-term core you can win a title with? It's a fine team, no doubt, but with pretty much all your eggs in those four players' baskets, are you too committed to it?

What this could mean is Gay is expendable. Because it's hard to see how they can have three max deals, along with Conley's $9 million per season and keep it all together.

The Commercial-Appeal reports the Grizzlies have already offered Gasol a five-year deal for presumably somewhere in the $60 million range. And if he's already resisting that, that could be a bad sign for Memphis.

The Rockets are trying to pick up the pieces after their blockbuster three-way trade for Pau fell through over the weekend. Without a big man and the fact Chuck Hayes has already signed with Sacramento, Morey is scrambling to try and do something. Offering Gasol is a bit of a long shot, but it's a shot Morey is kind of forced to take at this point.

The Grizzlies will likely do everything they can to match. Heisley wasn't just blowing smoke -- the organization loves the younger Gasol, especially with the fact he's just 26 and likely could be trending into an elite big man group. His 2010-11 season was a bit underwhelming in terms of stats (11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds per game), but you pay for good seven-footers. And Gasol is certainly one.

It's just a matter of who is going to be doing the paying here -- Memphis or Houston?
Comments

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

I'm sure Memphis matches or does a sign and trade. Gasol is good but I don't see Memphis winning it all with this group.


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Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:15 am
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Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:22 am
 

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

I think Marc is content being in Memphis.He is loved in Memphis for his intensity and grit.He is an irreplaceable piece of what has become one of the most talented starting five in the NBA.He has roots in Memphis due to his brother playing for the Grizz most of the last decade.He was an all-state high school player in Memphis.He and Z-Bo have developed an undeniable bond and neither would be as good without the other.These are the facts.But,sometimes money can get in the way of facts. Marc and his agent knew he could get max money and they waited for someone to make the move.Now they will take the matched offer that Heisley will put on the table. Marc will get max money to play in the city that he loves and they love him back.Well played,Marc,well played. 



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

This just in...Emporer Stern has disallowed any negotiations with the Rockets whatsoever and wants proof that Marc gasol isnt pao Gasol




Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

An actual NBA center is a valuable commodity. They had to match that offer. If Marc Gasol really doesn't want to play in Memphis, a sign and trade would be a possibility. But from reports, Gasol likes Memphis. He just wanted to be paid. Why not? Everybody else in the league is getting paid.
Memphis is one of those up and coming teams. And for this season it's good to be a young team. Playing 4 games a week is not something that the older teams in the league will do very well. Teams like Memphis and Oklahoma City should do very well this year.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

How is it that no one has put to light the fact that the Grizzly's gave a maximum contract to Z Randolph? isn't he known as a team wrecker? His longest stint was with the Blazers and after that trade he was being traded over and over!  It would be stupid not to get rid of this undesirable and his grossly undeserved contract! 
I guess this guy hasn't been watching the Grizzlies and Zach's ressurgence the past few seasons. 20.8 & 20.1 PPG, 11.7 & 12.2 rebounds over the past two years. Why would they get rid of him?



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

I match for Mark and trade Gay. You can't teach size. Gay is a great player but guys like him come along every 2 years. Good centers come along only every 4-5 years. That's just math. Trade Gay get a decent small forward and hopefull a draft pick where you can try and get a young (read cheap rockie contract) small forward who can provide scoring off the bench in the draft.



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

How is it that no one has put to light the fact that the Grizzly's gave a maximum contract to Z Randolph? isn't he known as a team wrecker? His longest stint was with the Blazers and after that trade he was being traded over and over!  It would be stupid not to get rid of this undesirable and his grossly undeserved contract! 



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

It appears as if Marc is worth what he might be worth on an open market. If Marc is given an offer and Memphis match the offer then that would make two teams that think he is worth that amount.

You are always paying for potential. Either you gamble and sometime win or you never gamble and never win. This is where our scouts and and coaching staff come in handly. With a good scouting team and coaching staff evaluating basketball talent you would always make mistakes, owever they should be a a minimum, if everyone does their job.

I think the Grizzles would be wise to keep Marc at the price of the offer.

"ONE MAN'S OPINION" 



Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Rockets ink Gasol to offer sheet, Grizzlies match

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