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May 21, 2015 Updates

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James headline the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced today. Curry, the 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP, and James received First Team votes on all 129 ballots. This marks the first All-NBA First Team selection for Curry and the ninth in 12 seasons for James, who tied Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson for the third most all time. Joining Curry and James on the First Team are James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies. Harden, who garnered 125 First Team votes, makes his second straight appearance on the First Team. Davis (119 First Team votes) and Gasol (68 First Team votes) earned First Team honors for the first time. NBA.com

May 19, 2015 Updates

The Spurs will feel out Memphis center Marc Gasol, too, but the prevailing belief now is that Aldridge is more likely to change teams. The Trail Blazers' hope is that the Texas native will be enticed by the five-year, $107 million deal they can offer as opposed to the four-year, $82 million that other suitors will have on the table. But that home-team advantage has been greatly diminished by the looming spike in the salary cap in 2016. Aldridge, 29, will strongly consider doing a two-year deal with a player option for '16-'17 that would get him back to the market in a position to make tens of millions more at the new max. CBSSports.com

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May 17, 2015 Updates

Speaking of rings, Marc wants one in the worst kind of way and isn't sure just yet on where he'll pursue it. As he said in our chat and has before in others, it would take quite a lot for him to leave the special situation they have in Memphis. And yes, for those Tennesseans who surely wondered, Marc is known to have a favorite sushi spot that he approves of in the city that adopted him so many years ago. "The city of Memphis and the franchise means a lot to me," he told USA TODAY Sports. "It's not going to be easy for me to leave a place like that." USA Today Sports

"I don't think I'm going to enjoy that part of it, because I think a lot of is just, you know, it's just not what's important," he said. "It's meaningless, all the 'We want you … ' No, 'What is your plan?' You want to see a plan. "I haven't figured (the free agency plan) out yet. I haven't really put any thought in it. I'm just going to see what I want first as a family and from there we'll go. We'll ask the questions that we have to ask, and we'll go from there." USA Today Sports

As for the notion that his decision will have everything to do with the Grizzlies' fate in this coming postseason, Marc isn't sure he sees it that way. "I wouldn't say so, I mean I don't know," he said. "I'm sure it's going to play a factor, but I'm not going into the playoffs thinking, 'Well whatever happens here, I'm going to make my decision on that.' It can't work that way." USA Today Sports

May 16, 2015 Updates

He unbuttoned his Venetian red jacket, eased his giant frame into a small folding chair and let out a loud sigh. He closed his eyes for a moment, maybe to try to sneak in a quick nap, but probably to clear his head and gather his thoughts. The sudden and searing pain of his season ending too early yet again was washing over him, blocking thoughts that this was possibly his final game in a Grizzlies uniform. "I haven't even spent a second thinking of that," he said. "I'm drained right now. I couldn't pull it out for my teammates tonight. I gave it all I had." ESPN.com

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All weekend the big shots have seemed to bank in. Derrick Rose was first. Paul Pierce followed suit. Marc Gasol wanted in on the action. This wasn’t the game winner, but his shot to beat the shot clock banked in and was the dagger in the Grizzlies’ 99-89 win over the Warriors. This was the shot that was the final nail in Golden State’s coffin for the night and put Memphis up 2-1 in the series. NBCSports.com

May 8, 2015 Updates

The league's collective bargaining agreement certainly helps the "home" team, as players can get five-year deals with 7.5% raises by re-signing but are limited to four-year deals with 4.5% raises with any other team. But there's no better way to up the odds of keeping your star then by winning it all, of course, but there is value in looking the part of title contender too. The championship vision, if only for a few fleeting moments, seems more real that way. The future, in turn, seems bright. To that end, the Gasol-Mike Conley-Zach Randolph core that has been together since 2009 looks as formidable as ever heading into Game 3 in Memphis on Saturday. Yet truth be told, the Grizzlies and the city of Memphis have never seemed overly worried that Gasol might skip town. USA Today Sports

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