Free Agent Marc Gasol Hoping to Re-Sign With Memphis Grizzlies

by September 19, 2011

Whenever the lockout ends, and NBA free agents can start signing new deals, Marc Gasol’s preference would be to stay in Memphis. From the Commercial Appeal: “With a second straight European crown in his back pocket, Gasol now wants to hold on to another title: Grizzlies starting center. Gasol will be a restricted free agent whenever the NBA and its players’ union agree to a new collective bargaining agreement. He wants to remain a Grizzly so much that you just might see the giant Spaniard strolling around town by the end of this month or early October. ‘I grew up in Memphis. I feel like it’s my home,’ Gasol said in a telephone interview before amassing 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks during Spain’s 98-85 title win in Kaunas, Lithuania. ‘They always say it’s a business and there are bad sides to the business. We have to wait until it plays out. But I’m looking forward to something good happening.’ The Griz will have the right to match any offers for Gasol — a rule that is expected to roll over into the new CBA. Both sides proclaimed solidarity at the end of last week but didn’t announce plans to continue negotiations.”