On Tuesday night, a potential deal that would send Grizzlies center Marc Gasol to the Hornets heated, with a combination of wings Malik Monk and / or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returning to Memphis.
But league sources told Sporting News that the Hornets and Grizzlies did not have a deal in place and that there is increasing skepticism on both sides that a trade can be made ahead of Thursday's NBA trading deadline. Hornets have had an interest in Gasol for some time, but an agreement has not developed.
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Gasol sat out of Tuesday's fight against Minnesota and exclaimed speculation he would be traded at night. Monk only played 14 minutes in Charlotte's loss for Clippers, and he was seen away from the closet early before being able to talk to journalists. (It is worth noting that monks leaving the wardrobe before journalists enter are not uncommon.) But both were still on their respective rosters when Tuesday night became Wednesday morning.
Memphis kicked off the NBA's trading season three weeks ago by telling teams about the league that it was willing to join Gasol and point guard Mike Conley. Each has been a foundation for Memphis over the past 12 seasons, helping to form the backbone of Grizzlies' slow-paced, "Grit & nbsp; N; 39" Grind "style.
Grizzlies reached the postseason seven straight times during this span, finally finished in the lottery last season. Memphis is almost certain to miss the playoffs again this year – despite a two-win strike, Grizzlies 4-17 are in their last 21 games.
Charlotte is 26-27 overall, with a front office eager for a playoff berth. But the Hornets are cautious about assuming Gasol, which has a player's next season's $ 25.5 million, which could be a heavy burden on the nearly-leveled Hornets unless Grizzlies were willing to take some of Charlotte's # 39; s poor wages left.