The Grizzlies say they enjoyed their coming out party, got a real kick out of sticking their toes into the water of the second round of the playoffs last spring.
Now they mean business. Talking about being contenders.
OK, now we know the price for the talk is $55 million. That’s evidently what it will cost for Memphis to match a four-year offer sheet to center Marc Gasol from the Rockets.
You certainly can’t blame Houston for trying. After commissioner David Stern thwarted their attempt to get one Gasol (Pau), the Rockets have turned their attention to young brother.
Trouble is, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has insisted all along that he is not letting Gasol get away from the middle of his lineup.
“I don’t know when people are going to stop doubting Mr. Heisley,” general manager Chris Wallace told Ron Tillery of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. “He’s 3-for-3.”
Wallace was referring to the contract extensions already given to Rudy Gay, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph.
Houston is hoping that the offer is big enough to interest the Grizzlies in making a sign-and-trade deal. It’s worth a long-shot try by the Rockets.
But they weren’t inside the “Grind House” last spring for the win over the Spurs and the seven-game classic series against the Thunder. They didn’t feel the heat, hear the roar and watch the fun as the excitement spilled out the door, rolled down Beale St. and put the city of Memphis in a Grizzlies bear hug.
“We feel like we have a team to make a run for the championship,” Conley said the other day. “The sky’s the limit.”
That’s with Marc Gasol, of course.
Is anybody doubting that Heisley will make it 4-for-4?