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Even after firing David Fizdale as head coach, the Memphis Grizzlies are still in an endless freefall and now sit at a putrid 8-19 on the season, holding the second worst record in the Western Conference.
All-Star center Marc Gasol, who continues to deny all claims that he played a role in Fizdale’s departure, contends he will never ask for a trade from the Grizzlies regardless of how badly the team may fall off — per ESPN.
The Grizzlies have no current plans to trade Gasol or point guard Mike Conley and will not shift into rebuild mode, general manager Chris Wallace told ESPN a few weeks ago.
“I have a responsibility to this city,” Gasol told ESPN. “I’m not gonna quit, no matter what.”
Gasol, when asked by ESPN whether that would stay the same if the Grizzlies fell 30 games under .500, says, “I would want to see how we got there, what the process is. But as long as [owner] Robert [Pera] wants me here, my teammates want me here, they think I’m part of the solution — and not part of the problem — that’s all I need.”
Gasol is averaging 19.0 points and 8.6 rebounds on the season while shooting 42.2 percent from the field. The 32-year-old is making $22.6 million this year and is owed $24.1 million in 18-19.
If the Grizzlies do change their philosophy as the season progresses and approach Gasol with a trade, the big man would accept it.
“If they think it is best, I would do anything for this franchise,” Gasol said.