Grizzlies' Gasol out against Timberwolves amid trade talk
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 06, 2019 10:35 AM
FILE - MEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 19: Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies blocks a shot against the Dallas Mavericks on November 19, 2018 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was a late scratch for Tuesday night’s (Wednesday, PHL time) home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as trade chatter for the veteran accelerated.
Gasol was not listed on Memphis’ injured list earlier in the day, but coach J.B. Bickerstaff announced he would not play. Asked to elaborate on the reason for Gasol’s absence, Bickerstaff declined.
But shortly before Bickerstaff addressed the media in his pregame availability, The Athletic reported that the Grizzlies were in talks with the Charlotte Hornets regarding a possible trade involving Gasol.
Memphis will sit Marc Gasol out tonight. The Grizzlies and Hornets are still discussing framework of deal, including matching the salary necessary to meet Gasol's $24.1M contract, sources said. https://t.co/cgnqxmzM2w— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2019
The Grizzlies told Gasol and point guard Mike Conley two weeks ago that the organization would begin listening to offers for the two longest-tenured teammates in the NBA. Conley was drafted fourth in the 2007 NBA draft, and Gasol joined the organization after he was part of a trade that sent older brother Pau to the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 1, 2008.
Gasol is averaging 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season.