MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - With the Grizzlies mired in a long slump and staring at consecutive seasons as one of the league’s worst teams, management may finally be looking to put the Grit N' Grind era to rest.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies are listening to trade offers for Marc Gasol and Mike Conley--the first time they’ve ever done so.
The two are the cornerstones of the franchise and the last remaining members of the “Core 4” that brought the Grizzlies to seven straight years of playoff competition.
After Starting the year 12-5 with an emphasis on Grit n' Grind, the Grizz are being ground into the hardwood, just 7-23 since the end of November.
ESPN Reports Gasol and Conley met with owner Robert Pera in Memphis recently, but neither expressed a desire to be traded,
Both Conley and Gasol have played their entire NBA Careers for Memphis.
Now 33 years old, Gasol can become a free agent this summer by opting out of the final year of his contract which will pay him $25.5 million next season. Big Spain has a trade kicker on his contract that would be valued at $1.5 million at the time of the February 7 trade deadline.
Conley, 31, has an early termination option for the 2020-21 season, which will guarantee most of his $34.5M salary. The balance of the deal’s final year is fully protected if Conley plays in 55 games this season. So far, he’s played 46, and could reach the criteria by early February.
The Grizzlies could decide to keep one, or both players if no deals meet their threshold, but, ESPN reports the team is motivated to begin reshaping the roster around this season’s first-round pick, forward Jaren Jackson, Jr., sooner rather than later.
The Grizzlies get back on the Home Court Wednesday night hosting the Charlotte Hornets at FedExForum.