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Report: Marc Gasol expects to be traded to Hornets

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The Charlotte Hornets still haven’t completed a trade for Marc Gasol, but it sounds like the player still expects them to.

According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Gasol still anticipates landing with the Hornets, though the situation became less clear after a trade failed to materialize on Tuesday night after appearing close.

Talks centered around Gasol were serious enough that the center was held out of the Memphis Grizzlies’ Tuesday night contest. The fact that it didn’t happen appeared to be because of some work to do on matching salaries, but things are clearly still on the table.

Charlotte Hornets in serious talks to trade for Marc Gasol

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The NBA trade deadline is two days away, and the Charlotte Hornets may have their eyes on a big move.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania said on Tuesday that the Memphis Grizzlies and Hornets are in “strong talks” for a trade of Gasol.

Memphis plans to hold Gasol out for Tuesday’s games as they continue trade talks.

The Hornets have long been viewed as a prime trade destination for Gasol. They have been without starting center Cody Zeller due to a hand injury and could use a big man like Gasol.

Terms of a trade have not been revealed, but Nicolas Batum and Willy Hernangomez could make sense as trade pieces.

Gasol, 34, has a $25 million player option next season, while Kemba Walker is a free agent after the season. The Hornets would be taking a risk by acquiring Gasol and hoping that making the playoffs could convince the two to remain together.

10 NBA trade deadline candidates

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The NBA trade deadline is only two weeks away, and it’s safe to assume that some teams are already chatting about deals and gauging interest in moves. The NBA’s deadline is not known to be the most robust trade deadline in sports, but it’s certainly an event, and we’ve seen some important deals made over the years at this time of year.

Who’s on the block this year? Who may depart a losing franchise to play for a contender down the stretch? Here are ten names who could be on the move before Feb. 7.

10) Marc Gasol, C, Grizzlies

A Gasol trade seems unlikely, but cannot be completely ruled out. He’s not quite the player he was in his prime, but he remains a guy who can chip in 15 points and eight rebounds per game while playing sound defense. He won’t come cheap, and has a player option worth over $25 million for next season, but the Grizzlies are going nowhere and Gasol may be eager to finish off his career with a contender, making him a potentially worthwhile trade pursuit. Plus, Memphis seems willing to listen to offers for him.

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Grizzlies will listen to trade offers for Marc Gasol, Mike Conley

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The Memphis Grizzlies are ready for a full-scale rebuild.

The Grizzlies will begin listening to trade offers for Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr., according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

This makes sense given the context of the Grizzlies’ season and what was reported last week. Grizzlies owner Robert Pera met with Gasol and Conley last week. There was speculation that they were talking about potentially trading both players.

The Grizzlies have lost six in a row and and are 19-28 this season. They look poised to become a lottery team.

Gasol, who turns 34 later this month, has a $25.5 million player option for next season. Conley is making $32.5 million next season and has a $34.5 million player option for the following season.

Marc Gasol, Mike Conley meet with Grizzlies owner ahead of trade deadline

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Marc Gasol and Mike Conley met with Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera this week, sparking speculation about potential trades.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Friday that Pera met with his two franchise players to discuss the state of the organization. Charania says that such meetings are common when Pera visits Memphis throughout the season. However, the timing of the meeting is significant.

The NBA’s trade deadline is approaching on Feb. 7. The Grizzlies entered play on Friday 19-25, five games out of the final playoff spot. An honest assessment of the team would likely show that the team is not going anywhere this season, which could make the team open to trading either player.

Gasol, who turns 34 later this month, has a $25.5 million player option for next season. Conley is making $32.5 million next season and has a $34.5 million player option for the following season. It wasn’t that long ago that Gasol was saying he did not view the Grizzlies as a championship team. Conley entered this season feeling the same way.

10 NBA players off to a disappointing start

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It’s far too early for any NBA fans to be panicking — we’re only three weeks into the season! But that doesn’t mean we should discount the start of the season entirely.

Some teams that were expected to contend for a top seed have fallen short of expectations (looking at you, Sixers, Jazz, Lakers, and Celtics). On an individual level, some players have also gotten off to a sluggish start. Here are 10 players who have struggled early in the season.

10. Marc Gasol, Grizzlies

Gasol will soon turn 34, so we had to know his decline was coming soon. Unfortunately, it looks like the 7-foot-1 Spaniard only has a couple years left in the league. He’s still getting plenty of burn (32.4 minutes per game) and his rebounding numbers (8.9 per game) are respectable, but his offensive productivity and efficiency have dropped. His scoring average has been on a gradual decline since 2016, and it’s now down to 14.4 per game. He’s shooting only 42 percent from the field, the lowest number of his career. The Grizzlies are off to a somewhat surprising 6-4 start, and they could hang around the West’s eight-seed line – but they’ll need more output on offense from the skilled big man.

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Marc Gasol opens up about issues he had with David Fizdale

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One of the main reasons David Fizdale was fired as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies last season was that he was not getting along with Marc Gasol, but the three-time NBA All-Star does not feel responsible for the way things ended.

In an interview with Robert Alvarez of the Spanish media outlet El Pais, Gasol opened up about the Grizzlies’ miserable 22-60 season. He also addressed reports that he pressured Memphis’ front office to fire Fizdale.

“My conflict is between my desire to win and my loyalty to Memphis. Memphis believes that I am part of the solution, not the problem,” Gasol said, as translated by Dionysis Aravantinos of EuroHoops.net. “It was part of a learning experience. When looking for a change, you need to find the cause. It occurred in a way that maybe was not the desired one. Thinking about it now, I would have acted differently, but I remain calm. In the end, a business of so many millions of dollars is not decided by one player. The relationship between a player and a coach was not the best in the world … you are right.”

Fizdale was fired just 19 games into the 2017-18 season, and there were indications that he had lost the locker room. Things seemed to come to a boil when Gasol was benched for the fourth quarter of a bad loss, which is something the 33-year-old alluded to.

“We came to losing eight games in a row. They fired him after a game in which I didn’t play in the last quarter,” Gasol said. “I ended with a sensation that I didn’t like and that I wanted to turn it over. Obviously, they focus on you. But it is a situation that you have to live and stay calm with. I wasn’t playing at a good level either. I was saying to myself, ‘Damn, I cant go through this.’ That was what worried me the most, above public opinion.”

One particularly alarming exchange between Fizdale and Gasol was when the big man reportedly told the coach he did not think the Grizzlies had enough to win a championship because they lacked leadership. Gasol indicated that is not how things unfolded.

“It was not like that. Far from it,” he said. “Respecting the conversations in the locker rooms is always critical. Understand how to keep quiet and let things happen. It is important to keep one’s principles firm and always to put them over everything. I will not go out and say what happened, for these exact reasons.”

Fizdale is said to have received a pretty impressive endorsement before the New York Knicks hired them to be their next head coach, so his tarnished relationship with Gasol didn’t end up being too costly. Gasol has spent his entire NBA career with Memphis, so you can understand why he is tired of losing. Time will tell if Fizdale was part of the problem.

Marc Gasol shares photo of his awesome home gym

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Marc Gasol has made more than $125 million on the basketball court in his career and will make another $50 million over the next two seasons, but you would have no idea if you saw the “gym” he works out in at his house.

Early Wednesday morning, Gasol shared a photo of his personalized workout area. It looks more like the garage of a guy who works 9-5, tinkers in his yard a bit, and likes to life weights every once in a while.

My garage workout, nothing like it.

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Granted, the rest of Gasol’s house is probably quite nice. But in an era where pro athletes have spare $13 million mansions laying around, it’s refreshing to see someone keep it old school with a bench and some free weights. Gasol is walking proof that you don’t need enough workout equipment for 60 people just to stay in shape.

Marc Gasol told Fizdale he did not think Grizzlies could win championship

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David Fizdale is getting a second chance to be a head coach in the NBA, and he’s lucky that his fractured relationship with Marc Gasol didn’t cost him another shot.

Fizdale was fired by Memphis just 19 games into this season, which was his second as the Grizzlies’ head coach. He was hired as the new head coach of the New York Knicks despite his failed tenure in Memphis. That tenure was doomed by issues with Gasol.

On Saturday, the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy published an article about what led to Fizdale’s ouster. As told by Bondy, Fizdale wanted to remake the Grizzlies and get rid of the team’s old “Grit ‘n Grind” style. They got rid of Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, which didn’t sit well with Gasol. Then, according to Bondy, the relationship between Fiz and Gasol became really bad after Fizdale confronted the team following a loss.

Fizdale asked each player whether they believed they could win a championship. Gasol said no because he felt they didn’t have the right leader.

“I get it, you want Gregg Popovich, and I want LeBron James,” Fizdale reportedly said back to Gasol.

The Grizzlies sided with Gasol in the feud and ditched Fizdale quickly. His issues with Gasol were a topic of conversation when he interviewed for the Knicks job.

The Knicks clearly are confident that Fizdale is a coach who will be able to turn the team around and help them adapt in a new era of basketball. Memphis meanwhile retained JB Bickerstaff as their head coach moving forward.

Now you have a sense of how uncomfortable things were in the Memphis locker room that led to Fizdale’s departure.

Knicks have very specific interview question for David Fizdale

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David Fizdale is high on the New York Knicks’ list of coaching candidates, but he may have some explaining to do before any potential offer is extended.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Sunday that the Knicks would like to know what went wrong with the relationship between the ex-Memphis Grizzlies coach, who was fired last November, and star center Marc Gasol.

Per Berman:

According to a source close to Fizdale briefed on the Grizzlies’ decision, it was ownership having to make a choice — trade their All-Star center Marc Gasol, who has fallen in love with its small-market city, or fire the coach. Their relationship had gotten that bad.

Knicks brass wants to know what happened to his relationship with the Spanish center and reports he benched Gasol in the fourth quarter of what turned into his last game just to mess with him.

It is a fair question for them to ask — freshly-fired head coach Jeff Hornacek did not always see eye-to-eye with his players, and the Knicks obviously have their own star European big man in Kristaps Porzingis who has a history of clashing with management.

Fizdale is scheduled to interview with the Knicks later this week, and Berman adds that he checks off “a lot” of the boxes that they are looking for. But if the team ultimately chooses to go in another direction with their head coaching position, we may have an idea of what brought them to that decision.