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08:09 AM ET 05.17 | Grizzlies fans can hope the same group that won 46 regular-season games and then tacked on seven postseason victories will return largely intact -- including Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol. But Gasol's future will be a major issue this summer. Other personnel matters involving Shane Battier, Sam Young and Hamed Haddadi must also be addressed. [Lionel] Hollins labeled Gasol as "important to who we are" while Griz general manger Chris Wallace called Gasol the team's No. 1 priority this offseason. ... [Owner Michael] Heisley emphatically put to rest rumors that he would be interested in dealing Gay this summer. "He is definitely a major part of this organization's future," Heisley said. "We have no plans whatsoever to trade him."

Memphis Commercial Appeal

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May 17, 2011  08:20 AM ET

They are building a really good team in Memphis...They got to remember that the better product you put out on the floor the more fans you will get which leads to more money and revenue....

May 17, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Congratulations to the Memphis grizzlies organization. They were perhaps the biggest surprise in 2011 (along with the hawks performance).
I'm not so sure about Gay though. But since the organization seems to know what they are doing, let's see if they can rebuild on this post-season heroics.

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May 17, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Come on, make a deal!

May 17, 2011  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Congratulations to the Memphis grizzlies organization. They were perhaps the biggest surprise in 2011 (along with the hawks performance). I'm not so sure about Gay though. But since the organization seems to know what they are doing, let's see if they can rebuild on this post-season heroics.

no kidding!

May 17, 2011  08:39 AM ET
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Gay wants to play for the Knicks.

And Gasol....lol

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May 17, 2011  08:45 AM ET

Good..... Now this young team will go further once gay returns to full health next year....

May 17, 2011  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If they can keep Gay and sign Marc then the future is bright. Will they be able to keep both? Marc will command big money and they will have to match it.

Once they have to offer Marc the money he will command I think they are going to have trouble keeping the team intact.

If you look at the salaries of their players Randolph, Gay will make over 15 million a year with Conley, Battier (if they keep him), Mayo all making 5-8 million. And who knows what marc is going to want in order to stay. Just seems like a lot of money for a team not named the Lakers.

I guess we'll see what happens. I like Memphis I hope they can pull off something interesting.

May 17, 2011  09:11 AM ET

Keep the team together, Bro.

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May 17, 2011  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Congratulations to the Memphis grizzlies organization. They were perhaps the biggest surprise in 2011 (along with the hawks performance). I'm not so sure about Gay though. But since the organization seems to know what they are doing, let's see if they can rebuild on this post-season heroics.

If the Grizz can afford to keep Gay, Gasol, Conley and Randolph along with the other contracts they have it means teams aren't losing money which makes the owners' stance on the CBA a folly.

May 17, 2011  10:01 AM ET

Let me go Over the CAP in Memphis for you guys & gals ....

This season the CAP was at $69.7m .... then it is Minus this summer of Shane Battier $7.3m, the Buyout from two years ago of Marko Jaric $6.7m, Hamed Haddadi $1.6m ... Sam Young is a Team Option, also Marc Gasol $3.5m = $50.6m ...

So re-sign Marc Gasol, too a Noah like contact $12m ...should be NO problem ....

May 17, 2011  10:11 AM ET

Most of this talk of Memphis trading Gay ..... was cause of "Sport Writers = Bunch of Homers" wanting to HELP their Team get better .... Philly getting rid of Iggy for Gay ...... CAVS use up the LBJ Trade Exemption

May 17, 2011  10:34 AM ET

Heisley is worth 1.6 Billion. He can compete contractually with the big boys. He has consistently stepped up and rewarded players who have performed this year, and he will do it again with gasol. This team isn't going anywhere.

May 17, 2011  10:41 AM ET

There is always the wild card of Fred Smith, Founder of Fed EX, who built his company and has lived in Memphis for most of his life. He brought the team to memphis, and he can persuade heisley to pay. Not too many partnerships in the NBA are as wealthy as the duo of Heisley and Smith.

May 17, 2011  10:46 AM ET

To me, it is worth losing money for a couple of years if you have a chance to win championship!

May 17, 2011  10:52 AM ET
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Let me go Over the CAP in Memphis for you guys & gals .... This season the CAP was at $69.7m .... then it is Minus this summer of Shane Battier $7.3m, the Buyout from two years ago of Marko Jaric $6.7m, Hamed Haddadi $1.6m ... Sam Young is a Team Option, also Marc Gasol $3.5m = $50.6m ...So re-sign Marc Gasol, too a Noah like contact $12m ...should be NO problem ....

Good to know. Thanks for the help Nova.

 
May 17, 2011  11:24 AM ET

Of course.

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