Grizzlies To Weigh Trade Offers For Marc Gasol, Mike Conley

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Grizzlies guard Garrett Temple is reportedly drawing interest ahead of the trade deadline. Gasol, who can opt out of his contract this summer, says he has not asked to be traded. While he's been linked to a variety of teams, there was a pitch made about a pairing with the Milwaukee Bucks which makes a lot of sense. "Mike is one heck of a player, and we're going to need good players moving forward". For now, let's consider some potentially feasible trade scenarios and the thinking behind them.

"It won't change to me", Gasol said Wednesday, via the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Gasol and Conley recently met with owner Robert Pera in Memphis, but neither expressed a desire to be traded, league sources told ESPN.

Both acknowledged at Wednesday's shootaround that team owner Robert Pera told them they could be dealt by the February 7 trade deadline.

"It's where we're at, I guess", Conley said. "It's not like we've been traded yet or anything like that", Conley told The Athletic.

It makes sense, as Gasol has a $25.6 million player option for next season, and the $24.1 million he is making this year makes him a hard salary to match.

Sitting at 19-28 on the season and quickly fading out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, Memphis is looking to rebuild around rookie sensation Jaren Jackson Jr.

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"I don't understand why Mike is in this". "Right now, I'm just taking it in stride".

In any case, the Grizzlies have apparently decided that there is no longer any hope of trying to trudge on through everything with Gasol and Conley leading the way. Conley has an early-termination option for 2020-21 and, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, has $22.4 million of his $34.5 million salary guaranteed.

For Memphis, adding a young, established player (Randle), a veteran on a movable contract (Moore) and the prospect of a first-rounder to offset the one it now owes Boston is a fairly useful haul.

It's an interesting thought, and if the Bucks move Bledsoe, who's on a one-year deal, it gives them a player in Conley to star alongside Antetokounmpo for the foreseeable future. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Conley and Gasol rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in games played for Memphis (Conley is at 764, Gasol 762).

The good news is that the Grizzlies have good young players they can build around.