ESPN: Gasol nearing max contract with Grizzlies - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

ESPN: Gasol nearing max contract with Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Anybody out there getting nervous yet?

No, the deal to keep Marc Gasol is not done . . . but it’s getting closer.
 
Gasol and the Grizzlies are working out contract details in Spain this week. The hope is to keep one of the NBA's best big men in the Grindhouse.
 
The 7'1'' All-star center was born in Barcelona, Spain, but he's spent most of his life in Memphis--including his time as a standout high school player at Lausanne Collegiate School.

ESPN reported progress on a proposed deal that will keep Gasol in Memphis for the next five years.

It would be for the maximum allowable under NBA rules at about $110 million.
 
Last year, Gasol averaged more than 17 points per game and nearly eight rebounds per game. He started the NBA All-Star Game for the Western Conference, and he helped lead the Grizzlies into the second round of the playoffs.
 
NBA rules keep Gasol and the Grizzlies from putting pen to paper on a new contract until July 9.

Gasol has said there would not be a lot of negotiation or fanfare...but negotiations are ongoing, whittling down the fine points of an opt-out clause.

Options could let him out of the deal when the NBA's salary cap increases about 30 percent after next season or to the direction of a team going forward with championship aspirations.

But the Grizz are still doing the fanfare, with Memphis-born Hollywood director Craig Brewer’s internet sensation video Marc Gasol of Memphis.

Brewer appeared on ESPN's Sportscenter Program today to talk about why he wants to be involved in keeping Big Spain in the Bluff City.

“We got together to make a video love letter to let him know how much he means to the city. He's a big fan of my movie Hustle and Flow and I got the whole crew together and we go out on the streets of Memphis to make a movie for him."

Brewer says he was showing the project to entertainer Justin Timberlake, when Timberlake himself, suggested he should be in it.

Timberlake is part owner of the team.

The Grizzlies have already swung two free agent deals, bringing in hard-nosed forward Matt Barnes from the L.A. Clippers, and welcoming 6-foot-10 jumping-jack Brandan Wright back to Tennessee. 

Wright is a former state champion from Nashville.

On the first day of free agency, the Grizzlies agreed to terms with forward Brandon Wright. 

Stay with WMC Action News 5 throughout free agency to learn how the Grizzlies will look next year.

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