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#pounditFriday, January 22, 2021

Report: Grizzlies owner inquired about moving team last summer

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera might just have his sights set on a bigger market.

Longtime Grizzlies beat reporter Ronald Tillery reported on Friday that Pera inquired about moving the team last August.

The Grizzlies began in Vancouver in 1995 and moved to Memphis in 2001. Despite having stars over the years like Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and Zach Randolph, the team has only had one appearance in the Conference Finals since the move (though they have earned ten total playoff berths).

Memphis is obviously one of the smaller markets in the NBA, and the Grizzlies have consistently ranked in the bottom ten in attendance in recent years. That said, the team did outdo expectations this season with a fresh core led by Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr gaining the No. 8 seed in the West. So a lot has changed since August, especially with that exciting new culture taking shape.

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