That gambit predictably failed. The Grizzlies are 18-36, nowhere near the playoff race.
Was Gasol available before today’s trade deadline?
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Gasol is 33, already showing significant signs of decline and due $49,714,725 over the next two seasons. He said he’s too old to throw away a season – which the Grizzlies are doing – and questioned the management that got them here.
It was ridiculous not to even consider trading him.
His trade value might never be greater. Multiple winning teams could have used him the rest of this season. In Memphis, he’s undermining the Grizzlies’ draft position.
He’s also providing intangible value as the face of a franchise, his only team in 10 seasons. There are things that matter beyond the bottom line. And maybe he and a healthy Mike Conley can compete next season.
But both players will be a year older and probably a year worse. Health is far from guaranteed for those two, and Memphis lacks the cap/tax flexibility to upgrade their supporting cast significantly.
The Grizzlies shouldn’t have felt as if they had to trade Gasol by today’s deadline — like they should have with Tyreke Evans. But there’s a decent chance they’ll regret keeping Gasol, and they’ve already erred by not even exploring deals.