Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace says that the team plans on re-signing center Marc Gasol when he hits free agency next summer.
Gasol is in the final season of a four-year deal that will pay him over $57 million. He is making $15,829,688 this season.
There has been speculation about where Gasol might go if he leaves Memphis. The New York Daily News reported last week that the San Antonio Spurs and the New York Knicks have interest in pursuing Gasol.
Wallace is in his first season as general manager of the Grizzlies and said essentially that teams that pursue Gasol are wasting their time.
“We have every intention of re-signing Marc Gasol. So those teams are going to have to find another player," Wallace told CLNS Radio.
Gasol, the 2012-13 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award winner, has spent each of his six-plus NBA seasons with the Grizzlies. He is averaging 19.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists this season for Memphis (12-2), who have the NBA's best record.
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