Marc Gasol’s name has come up a lot in trade rumors this offseason. Between reports that the Celtics could be interested and the annual misinterpreted quotes to Spanish media outlets, many have speculated that Memphis might be willing to part with their former Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All Star.
However, a new report from Matt Moore of CBS Sports states that those rumors are unfounded, and that the Grizzlies “have refused to enter [Gasol’s] name in any trade conversations.” Moore goes on to say that two sources “indicated that there has been no change or shift in the team's approach to retaining Gasol, nor is there a sense of any relationship being significantly strained with Gasol.”
The second part of that comment is particularly intriguing, especially given the public perception of Big Spain’s relationship with new coach David Fizdale. At times last season, it appeared Fizdale’s push to elicit more vocal leadership rubbed Gasol the wrong way. If that’s not the case, and the relationship between Fizdale and Gasol is still in good (enough) standing, that’s a good sign heading into next season.
That’s not a certainty, though. Moore goes on to mention that, among other things, a Gasol/Fizdale clash could cause the Grizzlies to reconsider their current belief that Gasol is “untouchable.”
Moore’s piece contains a lot more insight into the Grizzlies’ current situation and is well worth the read. It also means that all of the hot takes and trade machine machinations will have to be shelved. At least, for now.