Despite their Latest Success, Cleveland Needs to Solve One Specific Problem

Why the Cavs Need a Center?

Lebron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference as they currently have a 14-7 win-loss record in the season. LeBron James and company are riding on a 9-game winning streak. They are the top-scoring team in the East, averaging 110 points per game- 3rd among all teams. 
However, injuries to notable players have struck the team. 
To start off, Isaiah Thomas hasn’t played a single NBA game this season since he was traded from the Boston Celtics because he is still recovering from the injury that he sustained last season. 
Tristan Thompson, one of the Cavs’ best rebounders and rim defenders, has missed a big chunk of the current season due to injuries as well. 
Iman Shumpert will undergo a surgery for his injured left knee which means the Cavs will have to find other players who can score. 
And don’t forget about Derrick Rose who is dealing with his own injury issue on top of other personal matters.  

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The Cavaliers have one problem that might affect them soon if not dealt with properly. They don’t have a legitimate center. Sure, Tristan Thompson is currently listed as a center but if you have been watching him in the last few seasons, then you will know that he’s more of a power forward than a center. Coach Tyronn Lue has chosen to go for Kevin Love as his starting center but we all know that doing so can create mismatches which will not favor Love because he is usually forced to defend some of the best centers in the league right now such as DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis.

What can the Cavs do?

Trade Tristan Thompson plus Iman Shumpert and a draft pick for a legitimate center. Now, since Marc Gasol is off the market, for now,  the only choice the Cavs have right now is to offer the best trade offer to the Los Angeles Clippers- who are in deep trouble of missing the playoffs due to injuries to starters including the latest one, Blake Griffin. 
Assuming that this trade works out, it will benefit the Cavs because having DeAndre Jordan will mean that Kevin Love can go back to his natural position. However, this pundit on wheels doesn’t think that this trade will work out as the Clippers will get two players who are still recovering from their respective injuries as they are already dealing with players who are injured as well. But hey, this is the NBA. Anything can happen,. right?

Conclusion

One way or another, the Cavs will need to solve that “center” issue if they want another shot against the Golden State Warriors- should both teams meet again come the Finals next June. And whether we like it or not, the Clippers will definitely make a trade involving DeAndre Jordan. The question is: will the Cavs have enough to offer to the Clippers? 

No Plans to Trade Gasol and Conley- Grizzlies GM

What’s next for Memphis?

Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

In the last few days, Marc Gasol’s name has been popping out in numerous trade rumors in the NBA especially after he expressed his true feelings about being benched by now-fired Memphis Coach David Fizdale during the 4th quarter of the Grizzlies’ game against the Brooklyn Nets- a game which Memphis lost, their 8th straight loss. Right after that game, Fizdale was fired and rumors have been swarming around Gasol’s future. In fact, many teams have already expressed interest in acquiring Marc Gasol via a blockbuster trade.
However, Marc Gasol isn’t going anywhere. For now. So is Mike Conley. That if you believe General Manager Chris Wallace even after the Grizzlies absorbed their 9th consecutive loss at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.
The team won’t go into rebuilding mode just yet. GM Wallace has made it clear during a press conference that the front office has no intention of trading Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.

What now?

After firing David Fizdale- a decision which according to GM Wallace has something to do with the friction between the coach and Marc Gasol, Wallace also stated that the main reason why Fizdale was let go was for Memphis to salvage what is left of their otherwise, ugly season. So, if Gasol and Conley are to stay put in Memphis, for now, that doesn’t mean that the Grizzlies won’t make other roster moves especially if they want to extend their streak of playoff appearances.

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Conclusion

Mike Conley is expected to be back in 2 to 3 weeks. Marc Gasol is now free of David Fizdale. And yet, the Grizzlies are at 7-13 in the season and are scheduled to face the Spurs. Again. But who knows? Chris Wallace might be right in saying that the very moment the Grizzlies are complete and healthy, their slump will end and they can start climbing up the stacked Western Conference standing. For now, Gasol needs to focus on finding ways to lead his team in getting that much-neded W.  

Marc Gasol to Boston: A Possibility?

After firing their former coach, the Grizzlies are in house cleaning mode

First, they lost Mike Conley due to injury. Then, came an 8-game losing streak. Next, David Fizdale was fired as head coach due to his decision to bench Marc Gasol in the 4th quarter during the Grizzlies’ game against the Brooklyn Nets. Clearly, things aren’t going well in Memphis, right?
When you are on an 8-game losing streak, then there’s clearly something wrong with your team. Even though the Memphis Grizzlies are relatively a playoff-bound team during the past few seasons, the front office is now looking to make moves to make sure that they can still salvage what’s left of their otherwise ugly season. One of these moves that Memphis might be considering right now is involving their statistical leader, Marc Gasol. 
Due to Marc Gasol’s obvious displeasure over David Fizdale’s decision to bench him- even saying that he wasn’t valuable to the former coach, there’s a tension inside the Grizzlies’ locker room and that tension won’t simply go away with Fizdale’s exit. Now, Marc Gasol’s name has been resurfacing in trade rumors anew and this basketball pundit on wheels isn’t surprised if Gasol is to be traded even before the trade deadline next year. But where would Marc Gasol go?
There are many possibilities right now but let’s just talk about one team in the Eastern Conference that may land Gasol via a blockbuster trade, the East-leading Boston Celtics.
Why? Here’s why:
One NBA executive said that the Grizzlies are not yet done cleaning up their own house, believing that Memphis could part ways with Gasol even before the trade deadline.

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Now, the Celtics may be winning many of their games due to their balanced scoring but rebounding-wise, they are lost as we have seen in the Celtics’ defeat at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. The very reason for that weakness is simple: Boston doesn’t have the height. It doesn’t have a 7 footer who can score and get those rebounds. That’s where Marc Gasol can help the Celtics. And right now, Boston is rumored to be the favorites to get Marc Gasol’s services.

Will it work?

Yes. But, there’s a sacrifice that the front office of Boston needs to make. Trade Al Horford or one of the young guys like Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown in exchange for Marc Gasol. Although the three mentioned players are untouchables right now, Memphis won’t settle for role players. They want to win that’s why they are in rebuilding mode already.

Conclusion

One way or another, the Celtics will need a legitimate center who can increase their rebounding numbers. They can get Marc Gasol or some other center. For the Memphis Grizzlies, the ball is currently in their hands. They do have a choice: trade Gasol and undergo a complete overhaul or, stick with the current line-up, wait for Conley to return and see where things will go from there. 

Memphis in Trouble: Trade Marc Gasol Probably?

A Wheeler’s Opinion: Will it Work?

The Memphis Grizzlies have been in a free-fall after a promising start to the 2017-2018 season. Their latest setback? A 98-88 defeat at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets in a game where Marc Gasol was benched in the 4th quarter. That latest loss was their 8th consecutive loss for Memphis which is missing Mike Conley due to injury. And Marc Gasol didn’t hide his frustration over the coaching staff’s decision to bench him, saying that he was angrier than he was showing. 
Could this mean that there is a friction between Gasol and the Memphis coaching staff?
According to Coach David Fizdale, his decision to bench his starting center was due to the fact that the reserves of Memphis had been playing well in the 4th quarter and the Grizzlies actually managed to cut down the Nets’ lead to 5 points. While a 19-point lead was probably too much for the Grizzlies to overcome, the Grizzlies would have inched closer had Gasol was called back and was able to contribute down the stretch. 
Unfortunately for Memphis, Brooklyn held on for the win, leaving Memphis fans questioning: What is happening to the Grizzlies?
Marc Gasol has been playing one of his best seasons for the Grizzlies as he is leading his team in 4 of the 5 major departments in basketball, including 4 assists per game- a talent we all see from his brother, Pau. However, some pundits are now saying that if the Grizzlies still want to save what’s left of their season and hopefully still make the playoffs, the front office might want to consider trading Marc Gasol.
Considering the latest incident between him and David Fizdale, Marc Gasol has grown unhappy. He will continue to play as long as the coach wants him to but that doesn’t take away the fact that he felt disrespected by that decision of Fizdale.
The Grizzlies have a choice: Rebuild and trade Gasol

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Due to his height and abilities, Marc Gasol remains among of the most sought-after big men in the league. He was almost dealt with the Toronto Raptors last December along with Vince Carter but that deal never materialized. And last September, rumors popped out the Cleveland Cavaliers were interested in acquiring Gasol in a trade. That stayed a rumor though.

Will it work?

Probably. The Cavs are in dire need of a more consistent center because Kevin Love cannot play the center position efficiently and, Tristan Thompson is still out. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, need younger guys plus a notable role player who can score anytime. The Cavs can consider offering Tritan Thompson, Iman Shumpert and the draft pick that they are holding from the Nets in exchange for Gasol. 

Conclusion

The Grizzlies’ troubles won’t end as Chandler Parsons sat out the rest of the game against the Nets- adding to the injury problem. Trading Marc Gasol may be a big step for the Grizzlies but if they want to start fresh without all of those tensions, sacrifices must be made. However, they also need to keep in mind that by trading away Marc Gasol, it would mean that they would need to find someone to score 19 points per game, too. 

Ambitious Marc Gasol May have to Rethink Things with the Grizzlies

After seeing Zach Randolph and Vince Carter go and seeing nothing in return, Marc Gasol, the long time Grizzlies might consider changing things.

Marc Gasol suggested he might be open to a trade if the Grizzlies don’t “keep growing.” Gasol, speaking with a Spanish media outlet, said: “I’m very ambitious and I’ve wanted Memphis to be a great franchise. We’ve grown a lot the last 6-7 years, but we have to keep growing. If this is not lined up, maybe we may have to revisit things.” 
The statement of Gasol put some pressure on the Grizzlies management to make some changes and add a few more impact player with the team. With the emergence and the upgrade of the other teams in the division, it will be difficult for Marc Gasol and Mike Conley to keep up.

Watch: Pau Gasol Says it Will Be Weird Playing Against Brother Marc in the Playoffs

The Gasol Brothers are meeting once again and this time it won’t be for a family dinner.
Memphis and Spurs are facing each other in the playoffs early and both Pau and Marc had no choice but to battle each other out and take each others head to move to the second round playoffs.
Here’s what they got to say about each other.

Pau Gasol says it will be weird playing against his brother in the Playoffs for the first time. 

(courtesy: youtube/Basketball&More)

The Gasol Brothers Had a great season, Watch Their Best Highlights

History has repeated once again as the Spaniards are conquering the world but this time they are not looking for spices and they are not bringing the big Galleons.
Gasol Brothers has been playing in the NBA for some time now and both players have made a big impact with their respective teams such that you would consider these skillful men as one of the best bigmen in the league.
Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies Average 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.6 assist and 1.3 blocks shot.
Pau Gasol of the Spurs average 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assist and 1.1 block shot.
Here is a look back at their highlights last season.

Check out the best from the brothers before the Grizzlies and Spurs meet in the first round of the NBA Playoffs! 

(courtesy: youtube/NBA)

Grizzlies agree to sign veteran center Ryan Hollins

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed in principle to sign veteran free-agent center Ryan Hollins.

Hollins, 30, is expected to sign a one-year veteran’s minimum contract. The 7-foot, 240-pounder averaged three points and 2.2 rebounds in 46 games for the Sacramento Kings last season.

The nine-year NBA veteran’s chances to make the Grizzlies seem promising because All-Star center Marc Gasol is currently the only true center on the roster