Although Marc Gasol isn’t set to become a free agent until after the 2014-15 season comes to an end, he’s already letting it be known that he wants to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Gasol, who was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers and oddly traded for his brother Pau, has been with the Grizzlies franchise ever since and apparently has no desire to move on according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
“I’ve always said Memphis is my home away from home,” Gasol said. “Robert [Pera] knows that. I know that. My teammates know that and that’s all that matters. I live day to day but I don’t see myself anywhere else.”
Gasol struggled with injuries last season which limited him to just 23 games, however prior to that he was among the better big men in the NBA and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Of course, making a financial commitment to Gasol might become troublesome for the small market Grizzlies who are already paying Gasol nearly $16 million dollars for the upcoming season and don’t know what the future brings with star power forward, Zach Randolph who has a player option worth $16.5 million dollars (though his current contract runs out at season end as well).
Currently 29, Gasol has plenty of time left in the league and should continue to be one of the premier NBA centers regardless of where he lands, though it appears he’s more than comfortable playing out the rest of his days with the Grizzlies organization.
Question is, does his big brother Pau Gasol, the Grizzlies former franchise player, join him?