Sometimes in sports, you just have to accept the hard truths: Maybe it's time to retire, maybe it's time to blow it all up, and in the Memphis Grizzlies' case, maybe it's time to trade away their franchise center.
Pau Gasol's younger brother Marc has become synonymous with Memphis basketball, and alongside Mike Conley, have propelled the Grizzlies to Western Conference playoff contenders year in and year out. Back in 2013, Gasol -- behind his Defensive Player of the Year season -- led the Grizz to a Western Conference Finals appearance, falling to the San Antonio Spurs in four games. But so far during this season, Memphis is dead last in the West with an 8-20 record, and it may be time to move on from Gasol.
And according to Marc, he wouldn't be opposed to a move elsewhere, via ESPN's Zach Lowe:
"If the team came to him with a trade, Gasol would accept it. “If they think it is best, I would do anything for this franchise,” Gasol says.
Wallace and other higher-ups are adamant that is unlikely, even as the losses mount.
That seems stubborn, and there is almost certainly a scenario — perhaps Conley getting reinjured, or taking longer than expected to return — where Memphis tests the market."
Gasol is adamant he wants to stay in Memphis no matter what, but if management came to him and informed him they were looking to trade him, Gasol would accept it, as long as it helps out Memphis.
Gasol is almost 33 years of age, and as he gets up there in years, the desire for a championship becomes stronger and stronger, and with the way the Grizzlies' roster is constructed right now, a championship is far off in the horizon.
With Memphis' season slowly sinking as each game passes, it's not that far-fetched to think the Grizzlies will be perusing the trade market come trade deadline day in hopes of committing to a full-on rebuild and doing right by arguably their franchises greatest player.