NBA Rumors: Marc Gasol Leaving Memphis If Grizzlies Don’t Make Huge Improvements This Offseason

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Aug. 21 2017, Updated 7:34 p.m. ET

Marc Gasol has been the subject of various trade rumors in the past months but nothing has materialized until now. Recently, Gasol released a statement that hints the possibility that he could part ways with the Memphis Grizzlies before the 2017-18 NBA season starts.

In a Spanish podcast, Marc Gasol revealed his plan to make the Grizzlies a great franchise. However, with most Western Conference teams getting stronger, Gasol also wants to see a major improvement from his current team. If he feels that Memphis doesn’t share the same vision as him, he may consider revisiting things.

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“I’m very ambitious and I’ve wanted Memphis to be a great franchise. We’ve grown a lot the last 6-7 years, but we have to keep growing. If this is not lined up, maybe we may have to revisit things,” Gasol said via Ala Carta, as translated by HoopsHype.

Gasol started his NBA career in Memphis and there is no doubt that he’s one of the major reasons behind their eight consecutive playoffs appearances. Last season, he posted career-best 19.5 points, together with 6.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.3 blocks. Gasol also added three-point shooting in his set of skills, hitting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.

However, at 32, there is no doubt that there is only limited time left in his prime. At this point of his career, winning is Gasol’s top priority which he couldn’t achieve if the Grizzlies will not make a huge roster upgrade this offseason. While the Golden State Warriors managed to keep their core intact, several Western Conference teams took a huge step forward with the acquisition of a superstar or two.

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