Gasol sits out as trade rumors ramp up

Gasol sits out as trade rumors ramp up
March Gasol (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Have we seen the last of the final members of the ‘Core Four’ to suit up in Memphis uniforms?

Tuesday’s Grizzlies contest against Minnesota was the last game at FedExForum before the NBA’s Trade Deadline on Thursday.

Center Marc Gasol was held out among rumors of an imminent trade to Charlotte. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the two teams were working on a deal just before the Grizzlies tipped off against the Timberwolves.

Gasol appeared on the bench in the middle of the game to a huge ovation by the fans.

It’s unclear what pieces the Grizzlies would get back in a possible trade with Charlotte, but one name floated was 2017 first-rounder Malik Monk.

However, Sporting News reports the deal may not be as close as first thought.

Monk played just 14 minutes for Charlotte on Tuesday night before exiting.

Several teams have expressed interest in guard Mike Conley including Utah and Detroit. But there’s no reports of an imminent deal.

Meanwhile, Conley had a strong night to help the Grizz defeat Minnesota at the wire.

The NBA Trade Deadline is Thursday at 2 p.m.

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