Marc Gasol only meeting with Griz

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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 ESPN.com 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.
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The Griz recently discussed a potential trade to acquire former All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson from the Brooklyn Nets, according to an ESPN.com 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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The Grizzlies had a countdown on their website for a long time, counting down to 11:30AM today. The time is here, and we now know what the countdown was for: a film by Craig Brewer titled “Marc Gasol of Memphis”, in which Memphians (along with Zach Randolph and Mike Conley) make their case that Marc Gasol is, just like we’ve always known, One Of Us.
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