HoopsHype Marc Gasol rumors


March 6, 2015 Updates

He probably isn’t going anywhere, either. And a little birdie who knows of what he speaks tells me Gasol has already ruled out playing for the New York Knicks. It’s nothing personal with Phil Jackson or that consummate New Yorker, Jim Dolan (gag). It’s a matter of money. He can get a five-year deal to stay in Memphis, where he attended high school. After taxes, that will be worth more than twice what he would get from New York. SheridanHoops

March 5, 2015 Updates

Harden, Houston head coach Kevin McHale, the entire Rockets broadcast team and every partisan fan in the Toyota Center were livid at the no-call. As you might expect, the displeasure extended into postgame interviews like Harden's scrum, as captured by ClutchFans: On what Harden saw on that possession: "What I saw, or what I felt? End of the game, everybody's watching the ball. I drove to the basket and I got grabbed on my arms, and nothing was called." On what referee Ken Mauer said to him when they spoke after the play: "He didn't say anything." Was he surprised that no whistle blew? "Very surprised. You know, at the end of the game, I think everybody's watching the ball. Everybody. The entire crowd. Everybody in the gym is watching the ball. So, I mean ... [shrugs] ... I don't know what to say. It's frustrating, man. It's frustrating when you fight so hard to come back, when you get an opportunity to win the game, you know. It's frustrating." Yahoo! Sports

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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

He's willing to discuss free agency, and is clearly planning on at least listening to other teams come July 1, but he's quick to make it clear that this isn't about some desire to be wooed or wined and dined. "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

"Me and my wife (Cristina), we could live in Yukon Canada if needed be - trust me," Marc said with a smile. "We can get used to anything. Just like it was a big shock for us as a family to move from (Spain) to Memphis, we can make it anywhere. Anywhere in the world where we can live – Thailand, Japan. I even talk to Cristina about it, like when I'm done playing in the NBA, I would like to travel the world and live in different cities just to know them, and learn a different culture, learn different languages. I like the Patagonia in Argentina. Japan is a place that I would love to do for a good six months. China, I've been there many times, and I don't know if I could make it in China, but I think I would too honestly. I'm more on the country side than big cities. London. I would love to live in Australia." USA Today Sports

Pau and Marc Gasol made history by becoming the first brothers to start in the same All-Star Game. Pau, the 34-year-old who’s four years Marc’s elder, won the opening tipoff, but that was irrelevant to him. “The emotional moment was just the jump against your brother,” Pau said. New York Daily News

February 15, 2015 Updates

The Bulls center and the Memphis Grizzlies’ center will open the game with the most famous center jump in All-Star history, the first time brothers will start against one another for on opposing sides in the NBA All-Star game. “It’s hard to put in words, honestly,” said Marc. “It’s a pretty indescribable feeling. It means so much. Pau’s career has gone one way and my career has gone a completely different way. But we’ll both meet at the jump ball. I don’t think it matters who wins (the tip). But I think we’re both going to go for it no matter what we say now.” NBA.com

“To be here in an All-Star setting with everything that’s going on and my brother and I being in the All-Star game as starters, everything is just incredible,” said Pau. “This (Sheraton) was the hotel where I stayed when I was drafted first in the NBA in 2001. To be here now as an All-Star 14 years later with my brother and everyone here covering this moment is quite incredible. He had a different path (from me) for sure. He had to work really hard and make sacrifices to overcome certain things over the course of his career. He’s done incredible. His path has been remarkable, worth talking about it. I give him a lot of credit for it because he’s a one-of-a-kind player. His story should be very inspiring to a lot of people. I’m just very proud of Marc. He has become not just a great basketball player, but a great man as well. I love who he is and what he does on and off the court.” NBA.com

Anyway, the possible Knicks targets all were far less interested in talking about free agency than the members of the New York media were. The players are on winning teams that have legitimate hopes of making playoff runs. In the words of the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, who is perhaps the big man the Knicks would most like to sign: "Not yet. I don't think about free agency yet. It's going to come to one point in time when I'm going to have to do that and I'll weigh all my options. And when that happens, I'll look at everything on the table." In the same vein, Millsap said: "I'm nowhere with that. I'm too focused on the season to even worry about the summer or next year or where I'm going to be." Aldridge added, "I'll cross that bridge when I get to it." Newsday

February 14, 2015 Updates

"I never thought he would develop into that kind of player," Nowitzki said, recalling the 350-pound behemoth he met in the hotel hallway years ago. "I mean, just really no weaknesses out there. Tough-minded. So yeah, I'm a big fan." Bleacher Report

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