HoopsHype Marc Gasol rumors

October 30, 2014 Updates

Next summer, Grizzles center Marc Gasol, a versatile and supremely talented 7-foot center, will be a free agent. The Knicks, with more than $20 million of cap space, are expected to make a run at him. Pau, in town with the Bulls, his new team, said it is “possible” his 29-year-old brother could wind up in New York and mentioned he has talked to Marc about Knicks president Phil Jackson in the past. “We’ll see what happens next year, what he decides. Hopefully he’ll have a strong year and all the options in the world, because he’s one of the top centers, interior players in the league, so any team would be fortunate to have him,” the 34-year-old Spaniard said of his younger brother, before the Bulls demolished the Knicks, 104-80, Wednesday night at the Garden. “It’s a personal decision. I talked to my brother enough about Phil that he knows what he brings to the table. New York Post

October 26, 2014 Updates

The New York Knicks don’t appear positioned to be a championship contender in the near future. But could that change by pairing Gasol with Carmelo Anthony? There already is a strong belief that Knicks boss Phil Jackson will target Gasol because of his belief that Gasol is the quintessential center to play in the triangle offense. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Marc Gasol understands that he will be peppered with questions about his pending free agency all season. But the Grizzlies’ center plans to stay with this script. “That’s so far down the line that it’s not on my mind. I just want to do my freaking job every day,” Gasol said. “You never know what might happen in seven or eight months. The franchise might go in a different direction. We’re going to see how we all feel in July. All of the talk now won’t change that fact.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

Gasol and Griz brass can't start talking about a new deal until mid-December when Gasol is eligible for a contract extension. If Gasol signed an extension then it would be limited to three years. Becoming a free agent next summer makes Gasol able to sign a five-year deal with the Griz or a four-year pact with another team. Either way, he figures to command the maximum salary for a player with his years of service. And Gasol would improve his total financial package by at least $50 million by waiting. “It’s not going to be an issue with his situation,” forward Zach Randolph told the Associated Press. “It shouldn’t be. Believe me if Memphis don’t want him, there’s a lot of other teams that want him, so I don't think he’s going anywhere.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Gasol on whether he might sign an extension in December instead of waiting for free agency until June: “You don’t’ know how you’re going to feel seven months from now in June. You don’t know how you’re going to feel and how the season is going to go. But I can tell you how I feel right now, and how happy I am to be here, and how excited I am about the season and the city, and about my teammates. That’s how I feel right now.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

September 22, 2014 Updates

Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa have filed a lawsuit against the directors of a company that made investments in wind farms on their behalf (around 15 million euros). The defendants are Arturo Ortega, former agent of the Gasol brothers and Garbajosa, Enrique Rodríguez of Meta Image and administrators Jose Manuel Esteban del Castillo and Raul Herranz. As

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Spain's guards didn't adjust by looking for Pau and Marc Gasol in the post enough, and then compounded that by missing all but two of their 22 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. "Everyone thought we had won this before it started, but we didn't prepare well for the game and were trying to play catchup the entire way," Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro said. "They prepared better than we did. We relied on doing what we always do, defend and get out on the break, but our shots didn't fall, and they played with a lot of poise." Boston Herald

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Marc Stein: Grizz star Marc Gasol, of course, well known as one of Ingles' biggest fans, but MEM also has to keep eye on where they are luxury-tax wise. Grizzlies, based on my famously sketchy math, are about $1.2 million under the luxury-tax line. And Ingles would cost 'em $915,000. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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While Gasol avoided directly addressing whether he would sign a contract extension in December, he indicated that the franchise would have to make dramatic changes for him to seek different pastures. “You know my relationship with Memphis and my relationship with the Grizzlies,” Gasol said via telephone from his native Spain. “I’ve always said Memphis is my home away from home. Robert (Pera, Griz controlling owner) knows that. I know that. My teammates know that and that’s all that matters. I live day to day but I don’t see myself anywhere else. Only time will time. But I don’t see a reason to change right now. Why would I change right now?” Memphis Commercial Appeal

Gasol, 29, also has made clear his desire to continue playing alongside veteran forward Zach Randolph. The Grizzlies have stated their desire to sign Randolph to a contract extension. Randolph has a player option for the 2014-15 season and both sides appear amenable to working out terms for a deal that goes beyond next season. Gasol is watching. “I know Zach wants to be in Memphis,” Gasol said. “He wants to be here long term. It’s hard in the NBA to call a city your home and he’s called Memphis his home. We’ll see what ends up happening.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 17, 2014 Updates

Gasol deflected questions about his future. He’s eligible for a contract extension in December. But Gasol could become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015 if he declines the contract extension. “Who knows what will happen?” Gasol said. “It’s the NBA. They could decide to do something else and make a change at my position. Nothing is promised.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

In short, Gasol doesn’t sound as if he’s uneasy about the future of the franchise despite the abrupt firing of CEO Jason Levien and controlling owner Robert Pera’s intention to be more involved in shaping the team. “Those things are things you can’t control and can’t worry about,” Gasol said about the dismissal of Levien and executive Stu Lash. “For some reason they were released. I’m not trying to understand why and I don’t want to know. There were probably some things that weren’t clear, and that’s it. “Everything is going forward. They have a vision of what they want to do with the franchise and I’m proud of it. Robert wants to build a culture of winning. He wants us to win and he wants to put us in the best position to do that. He’s committed.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

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