Hornets in ‘strong talks’ with Grizzlies about acquiring Marc Gasol

Mike Conley

Mike Conley

The Grizzlies told Gasol and point guard Mike Conley two weeks ago that the organization would begin listening to offers for the two longest-tenured teammates in the National Basketball Association.

Memphis center Marc Gasol was a late scratch amid reports about the Grizzlies being in trade talks with the Charlotte Hornets. Holiday had 17 points and nine rebounds.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 18 rebounds for Minnesota, and Dario Saric finished with 22 points. The former Defensive Player of the Year is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free-throw line.

The shorthanded Grizzlies with multiple injuries, and just 9 active players prepared to participate in Tuesday night's game without Marc Gasol, came out with energy and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night at FedExForum 108-106.

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Gasol was initially put on the trading block alongside Conley on January 22, when the Grizzlies told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that they would be willing to listen to offers.

Conley has played all of his 12-year career with the Grizzlies, while Gasol has spent all 11 years of his career with Memphis. Justin Holiday showed out, eventually winning the game for Memphis with the final two free throws with.1 second left on the clock, after being fouled on the game's final possession for Memphis.

But Conley closed the first half with a trio of 3-pointers in the closing minute to help Memphis to a 66-54 lead at the break.

Gasol, a three-time All-Star, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game in 2018-19.

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