Memphis has no reason to trade Marc Gasol
According to sportsworldreport.com, the Grizzlies declined an offer for Marc Gasol. The offer was from the New York Knicks, and it included Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, and J.R. Smith. The report states:
Jackson has noted that he is not spending any more money this offseason to improve the roster. However, he continues to seek out trades with the few assets the Knicks’ have. According to ESPN.com, the Knicks intend on making a big run in free agency next summer which could include the likes of Marc Gasol. Currently reaching the end of his contract, Gasol will be a high-profiled free agent. However, could he be traded before that?
Most predict that Gasol will hit free agency next summer and be a priority for most teams. Kevin Love will reportedly re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers while LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to stay in Portland. That leaves Gasol, who was the main reason the Memphis Grizzlies took a step back this past season after an injury kept him off the court. If the Grizzlies continue to struggle, Gasol will walk. According to Chuck Myron of BasketballInsiders.com, the Grizzlies are aware that Gasol will hit the market, but they have no intentions of trading him because of that. Memphis will not take the route of the Timberwolves and trade their biggest star because they do not plan on sticking around.
If the Knicks are getting Gasol, they will have to compete with everyone next summer. It is unlikely a trade package that consists of Iman Shumpert, JR Smith or Amar’e Stoudemire will be enough to win Memphis over. All three of those stars including Andrea Bargnani have been shopped for the better part of the offseason and not a single team has taken a serious glance at them. It is likely the Knicks’ roster will remain as is and Anthony believes it is one ready to compete.
Frankly there are a few things wrong with this report. All signs point to Marc Gasol remaining with Memphis, as he has stated in multiple interviews. This would also be a terrible trade for the Grizzlies. Smith is a headcase, Shumpert is underachieving, and Amar’e is an injury riddled expiring contract. The only player worth much value would be Shumpert, but overall the deal is quite bad.
Presumably the Grizzlies have no interest in such a trade, so we can look for them to stand pat in terms of moving Marc Gasol.
The Grizzlies are currently contenders, and there’s no reason to trade one of your key players.