The Memphis Grizzlies will match a four-year, $55 million offer sheet handed out by the Houston Rockets for restricted free agent center Marc Gasol, team owner Michael Heisley told David Aldridge of NBA.com. Heisley said that while he has not yet officially received the offer sheet, he will match it.
"We’re keeping Marc," Heisley said. "We can’t afford to let him go … Marc and his agent have to decide what they want to do. But we would definitely match that if that came up to us."
Heisley said the Grizzlies actually offered Gasol more money than the Rockets did, so it would only make sense that the Grizzlies would match the Rockets' offer. Gasol averaged 11.7 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies last year, but was also the team's defensive anchor and one of its strongest passers.
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