HoopsHype Marc Gasol rumors

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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

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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

Gasol acknowledged that he regularly talks to Pera, who has also empowered Joerger to be more involved in team’s decision making. The Griz owner also has a few players on speed dial. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol said that he will play in FIBA World Cup with Spanish National Team. “I am available for World Cup” Gasol said as reported by EFE. “My season ended one week ago but I am looking forward to play again” added Gasol. Sportando

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Did the NBA move too quickly in eliminating the center position on the All-Star ballot? At least one NBA executive believes so. "I wouldn't call it a renaissance because they don't play the position quite the same way, but the position is stocked with young quality players," he said, ticking off Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Jonas Valanciunas coming up behind Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Bleacher Report

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Our friends at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are once again teaming with the NBA for Hoops For St. Jude's Week, which runs through Thursday. As you probably know by now, St. Jude's treats children with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other deadly diseases, and doesn't charge the kids or their families a dime for the procedures, operations, travel, housing or food they get and use while at the hospital. St. Jude's does this through the contributions, great and small, of individuals and corporations. It costs $1.9 million per day for the hospital to do all the works it performs. This year's NBA Ambassadors for St. Jude's are Mike Conley, Pau and Marc Gasol, David Lee, Kevin Love and Greg Monroe, along with coaches Mike Brown, Rick Carlisle and Monty Williams. You can help by visiting the website and making a donation, or checking out St. Jude's Twitter and Facebook pages. It's well worth your time. NBA.com

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