Memphis Grizzlies Future Remains Uncertain with Rumors Surrounding OJ Mayo, Marc Gasol and Others

@HoopsWorld reported earlier today that the Memphis Grizzlies had traded OJ Mayo to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush. The voice of the Grizzlies, Pete Pranica (@petepranica), was the first to report that May0 was actually in the midst of a scrimmage and practice sessions at the Grizzlies training facility while the trade rumors were swirling.

At the end of the practice, Grizzlies’ owner Michael Heisley denied that any trades had been made, and the beat writer for the Indianapolis Star confirmed there was no deal. Heisley also confirmed to multiple reporters that he planned to do everything possible to keep the Grizzlies’ successful young core together.

Heisley also gave some Grizzlies fans a bit of a breather by reasserting that Marc Gasol will play for the Grizzlies this season, whether accepts Memphis’ offer, signs an offer sheet, or accepts a qualifying offer. Heisley said he had no reason to believe that Gasol did not want to return to Memphis. This comes after it was reported that Houston had submitted a four-year, $55 million offer sheet to Gasol.

Heisley also told reporters that he has no intention of having a team salary that pushes the Grizzlies into the echelon of luxury-tax paying teams.

Resigning Gasol has been the number on priority for Heisley since before the lockout started, and everyone involved with the Grizzlies, players included, know that keeping the Spanish center is the key to a championship run.

Other news about the Grizzlies:

  • Memphis signed Josh Selby and Jeremy Pargo to multi-year deals.
  • The Grizzlies will hold an open practice on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 1-2 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
  • Bob Thornton and Lloyd Pierce were hired as the Grizzlies’ new assistant coaches
  • Zach Randolph talks about day two of training camp:

About pmccllln

21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

Posted on December 12, 2011, in memphis grizzlies, NBA, OJ Mayo and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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