Will Marc Gasol be traded? The question really is, is he worth it? Oh, how the Grizzlies have fallen. Sure they were never considered true title contenders, but the “Grit and Grind” Grizzlies gave the likes of the Thunder, Spurs, Warriors, and Clippers a run in the playoffs for several years. That era however is clearly over as Memphis went from the seventh seed last year to the worst team in league this year “Grit and Grind” members Zach Randolph and Tony Allen left after last season’s first round exit to the Spurs. Randolph signed with the Kings (not a much better situation), while Allen went to New Orleans where he’s faced numerous injury setbacks. Much like Allen, Mike Conley has dealt with an Achilles problem all season. That leaves Marc Gasol as the only member of the Grizzlies’ “Grit and Grind” era still playing in a Grizzlies jersey. And, quite frankly, he’s stuck. The 32-year-old Spaniard has started every game for the Grizzlies this year, averaging over 18 points and eight rebounds a game to go along with four assists. Just last year Gasol was an all-star and led the Grizzlies to the playoffs amidst a flurry of injuries. He’s still good — don’t get me wrong — but right now he doesn’t push any contender to an elite level. For one, Gasol is past his prime and set to make over $25 million in the last year of his contract in 2020 when he turns 35. Gasol’s numbers and what he adds to a team is not worth the money he will cost a team. Even as a one-year rental for a championship contender, it would most likely take a package of players to match Gasol’s salary.
Why Marc Gasol Is Untradeable
The Sports Quotient | Jan 29