For the first time, the Memphis Grizzlies will start trading deals for their franchise stars, Center Marc Gasol and Guards Mike Conley, to hear ESPN.
Memphis ownership and management have decided to reach an organizational crossroads and are preparing to weigh deal scenarios with one or both of their cornerstone veterans by the close of trading on February 7 ̵
The Grizzlies may choose to retain one or both players if no deals reach the threshold of desired return, but the organization is motivated to reorganize the squad for the first round of 2018 in the first round, Forward Jaren Jackson so the sources of the league.
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1 The Grizzlies will pursue a typical deal of sources in the trade of veteran stars, including a combination of up-and-coming talent, draft elections and salary cap relief. The advanced age of Gasol (33) and the considerable money that Conley owed (probably $ 67 million by 2021) could make it difficult for Memphis to receive substantial trade packages in return.
The Grizzlies had hoped to fight a return to the playoffs in Washington's Western Conference, but lost nine out of ten games to drop to 19-28 overall and to the penultimate place in the west. Memphis owes the Boston Celtics a draft pick in the first round, unprotected until 2020, No. 8, No. 6 in 2020, and 2021.
Gasol may become a free agent this summer when it decides its last year of the year, its contract amounting to $ 25.5 million for 2019-20. He has a trade kicker in his contract, which would be worth 1.2 million dollars at the time of the February deadline.
Conley, 31, has an early termination option for the 2020-21 season. The guard has guaranteed $ 22.4 million of his $ 34.5 million salary, with the balance fully protected when playing in 55 games this season. He has played in 46 games.
Conley will be guaranteed $ 32 million over the 2019-2020 period, so trading it will likely commit an $ 67 million organization to $ 153 million in the last two years of its original five-year contract
and Gasol Conley were at the heart of the Grizzlies' short basketball history, leading the organization into the playoffs for seven seasons ahead of 2018 – including two trips to the semifinals of the Western Conference and one to the final of the conference. 19659004] Gasol and Conley recently met with owner Robert Pera in Memphis, but both did not express a desire to be traded, sources in the league told ESPN.
The Grizzlies also try to trade forward 2019-20 left his contract. Parsons and the organization apparently split for the season, and Parsons returned to California to train and wait for a possible trade. Memphis has discussed arrangements for additional salary payments, but this is a less likely scenario with Gasol and Conley as a trading bloc and a recovery on the horizon.
Parsons has had a chronic knee problem since signing for the Grizzlies on a four-year contract worth $ 93 million in 2016, but he is expected to return to court this season.