Despite rumors circulating that rival teams are interested in trading for big man Marc Gasol, the Memphis Grizzlies consider their All-Star center “untouchable” and refuse to put Gasol’s name in any trade talks, according to a report by CBS Sports.
CBS Sports adds that Memphis also has labeled point guard Mike Conley as untouchable and their plan is to build around him and Gasol.
The Memphis Grizzlies consider Marc Gasol “untouchable” and have refused to enter his name in any trade conversations, two sources close to the situation told CBS Sports this week. Gasol has been the subject of rampant speculation this summer that he could be dealt, despite being just two years into a five-year max contract signed in 2015 that doesn’t make him eligible for free agency until 2019.
The Grizzlies, in reality, have made the playoffs the past seven years, and their decision to re-sign both Gasol and Mike Conley (who is also considered “untouchable” according to sources) was made with the intention of building around the duo long-term.
Memphis finished as the seventh seed in the rugged Western Conference last year and were eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs in six games.
Gasol had his best statistical season in the NBA in 2016-17, averaging 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and an impressive 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Conley, meanwhile, after signing the richest deal at the time in league history in the summer of 2016, did his best to live up to the contract by scoring 20.0 points per game in addition to dishing out 6.3 assists.