Daily Gossip, Saturday 30/5/15

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For Marc Gasol, this off-season means that he could test free agency as of July 1.

But Gasol seems to have the Grizzlies in his heart.

Via Marca:

Memphis “Everyone knows relationship between me and my family and the franchise. My mother still lives in Memphis, my little brother came at seven years old, I came here when I was 16 and now I’m 30, my father worked in the hospital of St. Jude, my mother also volunteered there. The relationship with that city is special and it has marked us for a long time. We will have to decide depending on sporting and personal ambitions.”

The Ring “I’m not obsessed like Frodo and the ring. The title is a daily work. It’s also important the footprint you want to leave, creating that culture of effort and daily work, that’s what you have to do to conquer it.”

Title in Memphis “I think it’s possible.”

MEMPHIS LOOKING AT ODEN?

Remember Greg Oden?

The former number one pick that went ahead of Kevin Durant in the Draft?

Well, injury prone Oden is a free agent and he is reportedly drawing up interest from the Grizzlies to be a possible back-up to Gasol, if the Spaniard chooses to stay with the club.

Via Sportando:

According to Shams Charania, the Memphis Grizzlies have expressed some interest in free-agent big man Greg Oden, who played for the Miami Heat in 2014. Oden has a great relationship with Mike Conley, a former teammate at Ohio State.

HARDEN WANTS ROCKETS TO ADD A PG

Recently ousted in the Western Conference Finals by Golden State, Houston Rockets guard James Harden has already signalled what he would like next season.

Via Houston Chronicle:

“That’s one of the conversations me and Daryl are going to have (and) the coaches,” Harden said. “That’s one of the pieces to add, but that’s later conversations. We’ll be all right. We’re very confident in the group we have. This summer we have to work hard and be ready for next year.”

“If we get Pat (Beverley) and D-Mo (Donatas Motiejunas) back healthy, we’re a really good team, a really deep team,” Harden said.

PARSONS WANTS TO BRING BEVERLEY TO DALLAS

Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley is now bound for free agency this summer, and with that, his good friend Chandler Parsons is turning on the recruiting charm.

Beverley insists he wants to remain in Houston, but James Harden’s wish to play alongside another playmaker could limit how far Houston is willing to go in negotiations.

Dallas, on the other hand, desperately needs perimeter defenders. They were a bottom-10 defensive team last season and looked even more vulnerable during the Playoffs, allowing 112.6 points per 100 possessions against Houston.

It kinda makes sense..

Via Houston Chronicle:

With Pat Beverley heading into free agency, the Rockets point guard said he is already seeing the renowned recruiting talents of former teammate Chandler Parsons first hand.

“I hear from Chandler every day,” Beverley said. “It’s hard, but I try not to think about it. I can’t talk about contracts. It’s going to be a fun summer. I have put myself in a position to be set for life and that’s something that I never thought was possible growing up.”

Like Parsons last summer, Beverley will be a restricted free agent, giving the Rockets the opportunity to match any contract offer sheet he signs. But Beverley said he hopes to be back with the Rockets.

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