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.  

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. 

Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies out for 6-8 weeks due to fractured vertebrae



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After leading the Grizzlies into 11-7 record in this current season, the NBA’s highest paid point guard in the NBA history is reported to be out of the hardcourt for approximately 2 months but is not certain due a fracture in his vertebrae.

Mike Conley had no prior back injuries but accidentally got hit by Marco Belinelli’s knee during their game versus Charlotte.

Michael Wallace sent a tweet last November 29, 2016 saying that Coley will be out for 6 weeks and ESPN said that he might be out for 6-8 weeks depending on his recovery. Wallace confirmed that this injury doesn’t need any surgery to heal the fractured injury as it will only requires rest and recovery to have it fixed.

Conley’s absence will somehow be okay during the next few weeks having games against the Blazers, Pelicans, Orlando Magic and the sixers but during the second week of December, the games they have on schedule are championship contenders such as Golden State Warriors and Cleaveland Cavaliers and play off veteran teams come December last week.

Conley Agreed to Five-Year, $153 Million Deal With Grizzlies, Making Him the Highest Paid Player in NBA History

Mike Conley will stay as a member of Memphis Grizzlies next season. After the signing of Chandler Parsons to the Grizzlies in a four-year, $94 million deal, the Grizzlies goes all in to make Conley stay in Memphis after both parties reportedly agreed on a five-year $153 million deal, making him the highest paid player in NBA history for now.

Conley was reportedly heading to either Texas teams namely San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, but the offer of the Grizzlies is hard to refuse considering the amount of money they are offering to Conley.

Conley has averaged 15.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season. Conley has missed a total of 47 games in the last three seasons of NBA and hasn’t played in the 2016 NBA playoffs making him a gamble to sign.

The Grizzlies have a very good grade in the off season so far, drafting Wade Baldwin IV, signing Chandler Parsons and re-signing Mike Conley