Marc Gasol, Grizzlies nearing five-year deal

The Memphis Grizzlies and star center Marc Gasol continue to progress toward agreement on a five-year max contract that will cross the $100 million threshold, according to league sources. Sources told that the exact timetable for a verbal agreement between Gasol and the Grizzlies remains unknown, but team officials — including owner Robert Pera — were in Spain this week to greet Gasol in his hometown of Barcelona shortly after free agency commenced at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
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Although the exact contract structure remains to be seen, sources said Thursday that Gasol’s preference remains to do a full five-year deal with the only team he has ever played for in the NBA as opposed to a short-term deal. As reported earlier this week, Gasol has shunned the opportunity to let interested teams court him in free agency, signaling to the rest of the league ‎that the 30-year-old is essentially unavailable.
Andrew Harrison heard his name called on NBA draft night. Brother Aaron Harrison, of course did not. The Kentucky basketball products are nonetheless now back in the same boat, set to fight for roster spots during NBA summer league play given Andrew’s draft choice at No. 44 overall — in the second round — doesn’t guarantee a contract. This time last year, he was projected as a first-rounder. “To be honest, all that really doesn’t matter,” Andrew Harrison said Monday while introduced as a Memphis Grizzlies guard. “I’m here now. I’m just happy to be here. You can’t really go back on the past. I’m just happy that I made the decision I made. I enjoyed college for two years, and now I’m just trying to make the team.”

Marc Gasol only meeting with Griz

In the latest signal Marc Gasol is going nowhere in free agency, the Memphis Grizzlies center is scheduling no meetings with rival teams interested in him, according to league sources. Sources told that Gasol will instead host a contingent of Grizzlies officials in his native Spain on Wednesday morning, raising the possibility that a verbal agreement on a new contract will quickly follow.
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Gasol’s representatives, sources say, will undoubtedly field cursory calls from potential suitors once free agency begins after midnight ET on Tuesday night. But all indications are that Gasol and the Grizzlies will quickly reach terms on a new deal that keeps one of the league’s top two-way centers with the only franchise he has ever known. It remains unclear whether Gasol, 30, is seeking a short-term deal from the Grizzlies or a five-year max contract that could approach $110 million in value.
The Griz recently discussed a potential trade to acquire former All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson from the Brooklyn Nets, according to an report that cites league sources. However, a source told The Commercial Appeal that there was only a cursory discussion that never actually led to the Griz offering players from their roster. Johnson, 34, has one year left on a contract that pays him $24.9 million for the 2015-16 season. The 6-7 swingman averaged 14.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting overall last season. Johnson’s 35.9 percent 3-point shooting during the regular season dipped to 29.3 percent in the playoffs.
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