Trade talk heating up for Grizzlies’ Gasol

MEMPHIS — Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was a late scratch for Tuesday night’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as trade chatter for the veteran accelerated.

Gasol was not listed on Memphis’ injured list earlier in the day, but coach J.B. Bickerstaff announced he would not play. Asked to elaborate on the reason for Gasol’s absence, Bickerstaff declined.

But shortly before Bickerstaff addressed the media in his pregame availability, The Athletic reported that the Grizzlies were in talks with the Charlotte Hornets regarding a possible trade involving Gasol.

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 NBA. Conley was drafted fourth in the 2007 NBA draft, and Gasol joined the organization after he was part of a trade that sent older brother Pau to the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 1, 2008.

Gasol is averaging 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season.

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