Grizzlies eager to sign Marc Gasol

(AP) - Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace says re-signing center Marc Gasol is the franchise's top priority right now as it attempts to maintain the momentum created during last season's playoff run.

Wallace said Thursday that he has contacted Gasol's agent Arn Tellem about securing the 7-foot center and keeping intact a nucleus that carried the Grizzlies to within one win from the Western Conference finals.

Gasol is a restricted free agent, and the Grizzlies would have a chance to match any offer Gasol receives. He averaged 11.7 points and seven rebounds per game last season and could command an annual salary of $10 million or more.

Wallace told reporters that signing Gasol is "priority number one."

The lockout is not over, but training camps are expected to start Dec. 9.

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