The Memphis Grizzlies are on the verge of a huge crisis, and despite their surprising start of the season, they’re starting to show what they’re really about this campaign after the departures of Tony Allen, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter.
It was a hell of a run, but the Grit and Grind era at Memphis has come to an end and after this horrid losing streak, it was coach David Fitzdale the first one heading towards the exit door following some hash comments by Marc Gasol, but it doesn’t mean the cleaning will stop there.
After not playing a single minute down a 18 minute stretch in a home loss versus the Brooklyn Nets, Gasol made some comments stating that the coaching staff knew that would hurt him and that if he wasn’t on the floor, then he wasn’t being valued, with Fitzdale being canned just a couple of hours later.
Nonetheless, even though the franchise seemed to side with the Spaniard in this one, the smartest thing for them to do would be to also move the former Defensive Player of the year to kickstart a much needed rebuilding process at the Grindhouse.
Gasol is about to turn 33 years old in January and with Mike Conley already on the shelf with an Achilles issue, the Grizzlies should just part ways with him now that he still has some value, and today we’re going to let you know about the 5 deals that would make more sense for both parties.
5. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics were one of the frontrunners to acquire Gasol’s services entering this season and they’ve been quite active in the phones throughout the entire campaign to see how can improve they already squad even more.
A Horford-Gasol frontcourt would definitely turn a lot of heads and that kind of two-headed monster would be a beauty, as they’re both very long and agile defenders that can stretch the floor with ease with their touch from distance. Sadly for them, they’d have to part ways with future 1st and 2nd rounders, as well as their top guy off the bench: Marcus Smart, who’d instantly fit the grit and grind Memphis fiercely defensive mentality.
4. Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are reportedly keen to move standout center Jonas Valanciunas in their intent to become smaller, fastest and more athletic, but they wouldn’t mind going back to the old ways if that meant landing Marc Gasol in the process to shift Serge Ibaka back to the 4.
That kind of frontcourt would also be very scary, especially defensive wise, and Marc could be the missing piece they’ve been searching for so long to help Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan make some noise in the East. In order to do so, they’d send Valanciunas alongside Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira to Memphis.
3. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are kind of desperate to go back to their old ways and they know they need big names to do so, hoping to attract more All-Star caliber players this upcoming season when they try to make a run at Paul George and LeBron James to play alongside their standout young ballers.
Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma seem to be a very interesting core for the future, and pairing them with a proven veteran and the brother of a former Laker glory like Gasol would be a move in the right direction. For that matter, they’d just part ways with free-agent-to-be Brook Lopez as well as Jordan Clarkson to clear some cap space and satisfy the Grizzlies.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been trying to move both Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert for a very long time now, as well as they haven’t been hesitant to show and remark they need for an elite big man that could help Kevin Love lead the way down low in their pursuit to stop the run and gun Golden State Warriors.
Obviously, Cleveland would have to offer that valuable Brooklyn Nets 1st round pick in this deal to make him attractive for Memphis, and they’d be quite smart to take it considering Brooklyn is expected to finish near the bottom of the standings this year.
1. Milwaukee Bucks
And finally we got the Milwaukee Bucks, a team that already made a very bold move with Eric Bledsoe’s acquisition, and that’s keen to make a huge playoff push this year led by All-Star youngster Giannis Antetokounmpo, the aforementioned Bledsoe and of course: Khris Middleton.
The Bucks are already looking as a strong force in the Eastern Conference but it seems like they’re still missing the veteran leadership a great center like Gasol could provide, and they’re currently kind of shorthanded below the rim as Maker is still quite rough and Kidd doesn’t trust Henson enough.
Still, with Henson being a very good rim protector and Maker one of the most intriguing prospects in the league, Memphis could ask for both in return in this deal and Milwaukee would instantly become a legit contender.
If they want to beat LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Bucks need to risk and add one more All-Star player on the roster.