The tenure of the longest running tandem currently in the NBA may be coming to an end soon.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Memphis Grizzlies, for the first time, are prepares to listen to trade offers for both of their franchise cornerstones.
For first time, Memphis will begin listening to trade offers on franchise stars Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, league sources tell ESPN. Memphis has reached a crossroads and is preparing to weigh deals involving one or both of its cornerstone veterans. Story soon on ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 22, 2019
This possibility has been discussed here at GBB in multiple places (here, here, here, here) as well as elsewhere among Grizzlies media, but this is the first substantive report that Memphis is seriously considering moving on from the Marc Gasol/Mike Conley core. If this indeed happens, and one or both players departs before the February 7th trade deadline, it will end a decade of playing time between Big Spain and The Conductor. With the Grizzlies recent struggles becoming more of a trend than a slide, this is the smart move for Memphis as they stare down the barrel of a long, and likely painful, rebuild.
Between Marc, Mike, and multiple expiring contracts throughout the roster, there is not much of a limit to what the Grizzlies could offer. What Memphis can expect in return, and just how “desperate” the Grizzlies are to move on from two of the best four or five players in their history in the face of the reality of a rebuild, will be fascinating to watch in the days and weeks to come.
Stick with GBB for more news and analysis as this story develops. This article will be updated.