Rockets To Offer Marc Gasol Max-Contract Offer Sheet, According To Report

The three-team deal that would have landed the Rockets Pau Gasol is dead, and Houston have moved on by targeting the NBA's other Gasol brother. Houston will offer a max-contract offer sheet to the Grizzlies Marc Gasol, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Here are the details from Woj:

The Rockets are working to sign Marc Gasol to a 4 year, $55M offer sheet, sources tell Y! Memphis would have 3 days to match, or lose him. Memphis is probably inclined to match the sheet, but if not, they can work a sign-and-trade with Rockets to get something for Gasol.

The Grizzlies will have three days to match the offer, which they will likely be interested in doing given Gasol's importance to the team's trip to the postseason and first-round upset of the Spurs last season. If not, Memphis could work out a sign-and-trade with Houston so as not to lose Gasol for nothing.

Gasol averaged 11.7 points, seven rebounds and almost two blocks per game as the starting center in Memphis last season. Yes, "max-contract" is a bit intimidating next to those stats, but to put this deal in perspective, it's still smaller than the deal the Knicks just handed Tyson Chandler.

The Rockets have made it a clear offseason priority to upgrade in the middle after franchise center Yao Ming retired and Chuck Hayes left via free agency to the Sacramento Kings.

For more on Houston, visit our Rockets blog The Dream Shake. For the latest news and rumors league-wide, follow our comprehensive NBA Free Agency StoryStream.

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