Marc Gasol hasn't ruled out playing for New York Knicks
Memphis Grizzlies franchise center Marc Gasol is a free agent this summer, but it's long been felt that the chance of him taking less money to leave the city he's lived in for well over a decade are slim to none. That's why, depending on how you read them, Gasol's comments before yesterday's game against the New York Knicks were so interesting.
Here they are, according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley:
“I haven’t ruled anything out because I haven’t thought about anything so it would be [premature],” Gasol told a small group of reporters after the Grizzlies' morning practice at Madison Square Garden. “The reports and stuff like that, I don’t know where they come from because in my mind I haven’t thought about it. I have no [idea] how they can go there. I don’t know. ... We’re in the final stretch of the regular season and we want to get in a good feeling for the playoffs so, trust me, I’m not worrying or thinking about those things yet.”
Gasol is 30 years old, a one-time Defensive Player of the Year winner and a two-time All-Star playing in the loaded Western Conference. All that's left for him is a championship, and common sense says he'll have an easier time doing so with the Grizzlies than the Knicks.
But this is the NBA, where sound judgement gets pushed aside by illogical craziness every summer. If Gasol leaves Memphis, it'll be shocking. If he leaves Memphis and signs with the Knicks, it'll go down as one of the strangest moves in league history.
Gasol's comments give flickering hope to a very distant reality, though. They also make July a time of the year no NBA fan will want to miss.
(h/t: ESPN New York)