Staying the Course

Staying the Course

Memphis Grizzlies Have No Plans of Moving Marc Gasol, Mike Conley

On the heels of controversially firing Head Coach David Fizdale, the Memphis Grizzlies have no plans of changing course when it comes to their core.

When it comes to All-Star center Marc Gasol and franchise cornerstone Mike Conley, the two are going to be staying put with no imminent plans of trading either of the Grizzlies players. Both stars began their NBA careers in Memphis and have been the focal points of the organization for nearly a decade.

“We have no intention to trade Marc,” General Manager Chris Wallace told ESPN. “We never seriously considered that at all. We never placed any calls to any teams in that regard. So that’s not happening.

“It’s not just Marc that this whole equation is about. It’s also Mike Conley, when he comes back. We’ve got two guys among the elite in the league at their respective positions that are still very much in their window with an awful lot of tread left on their tires.”

The Grizzlies have lost nine consecutive games and will be without Conley for at least a few more weeks.

“We’re full speed ahead,” Wallace said. “We’ve been in the playoffs seven years in a row. We’ve got a team when fully healthy and we get everything together is more athletic, more versatile and more potent offensively than we’ve had for a number of years. Even though the going has been a little difficult early, there’s still 62 [games] to play. We believe in this team. We’re hoping — got our fingers crossed — that we’ll get everybody healthy soon.

“Our expectation always is to be a playoff team and have a chance to do some things when we get in there. We’re behind in the standings right now, but it’s a long way to go. When we get our guys back, I think we’ll surge.”

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Grizz as they are set to take on the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors over their next three games.


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