HOOPSWORLD.COM: When Chris Wallace made the move from Boston to be the Memphis Grizzlies’ new general manager one of the first things he did was reach out to disgruntled power forward Pau Gasol. Gasol was in Spain at the time, but even over the phone Wallace was able to quickly connect with his new star player. Gasol, who was all but demanding a trade a few months earlier, made it clear that he wants to win. That’s exactly what Wallace moved to Memphis to do.

“My conversations with Pau have been very positive,” Wallace recently told Basketball News. “He wants to win and be in that type of environment and we’re going to provide him a winning environment. We think he’s going to thrive in Marc Iavaroni’s system because he’s such a versatile and skilled offensive player. His talents are going to be accentuated to the highest degree. We’re going to get up and down the court and everything we’re going to do will feed into his strengths.”

Indeed, Coach Iavaroni knows exactly what to do with big men, especially when they’re surrounded by a deep pool of talent like that in Memphis. He worked wonders with Amare Stoudemire during his time in Phoenix and the Grizzlies have every reason to expect a similar result. Having outstanding young players like Hakim Warrick, Rudy Gay, and Kyle Lowry will help, though perhaps not as much as adding the premier point guard of the 2007 NBA Draft: Mike Conley, Jr. Add that cast of players to one of the league’s top shooters in Mike Miller and you’re certainly putting together a playoff production.

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  • magicbalala245

    man forget pau man we need JERMAINE NOT PAU GASOL HE SUCKS ANYWAY

  • jason kidd is the answere

    hahaha Who cares about gasol he has no defense , and we really dont need that

  • keep24

    How funny is this to read?

    Memphis tries to please Pau Gasol and Kobe is left to play with an older version of what had to deal with last year.

    NICE! JOB WELL DONE !!!!!!!

  • foxxy

    JO TO THE RESCUE….NOW!!!!!!

  • cyrus

    Pau Gasol would have been the plan “C” and his salary at $13.5 Mil would have made a trade much easier than JO. His numbers are not that far off from JO (much better shooting Pct.) and that $6-7 Mil difference would have given us some room to add another defensive player/s. After signing JCN (his co-player from Spain), Gasol was off the market.

    Back to plan “B”; JO.

  • franchise98bn

    JO is not comming. Mitch has no trade in place to get him here. I think the only question in Mitch’s mind is “Who’s JO?”.

  • Faith

    I actually would have liked it if Gasol was attainable. Unfortunately his situation is the same for all the players we’re looking to trade for. That is, long shot.

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    It is JO, not Gasol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kb24 4life

    Well i like this idea
    see what you guys think:

    Trade Bynum, Cook and Kwame for Gasol.
    So what we want is to have JO in LA..

    Then trade Gasol, radmanovic and farmar for JO.

  • BEC

    I find this a load of crap. Pau obviously wants to be in a winning environment and im sure he knows as much as all of us that this Memphis team is not a playoff contender. This is the western conference, not the jv league that is the eastern conference.

  • Faith

    Puh lease! More like Frosh-Soph.

  • http://thelakersation.com/blog PauKobeBynumDynasty

    looking back at all these comments now that Pau has arrived, we Laker fans are very very greedy :)

  • Sako

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    LMAO at all these ideas, especially this one.

  • willow

    LMFAO!! Looking back at all these comments show that I’m glad Mitch Kupchak is the GM and not you guys. Everyone would’ve pulled the trigger just for the sake of pulling the trigger. Way too many emotional decisions than logical ones. How do you guys feel about Pau Gasol now??? LMFAO!!!!