Grizzlies F Gasol would rather play for a contender

Dec 15, 2006 - 4:10 PM MADRID (Ticker) -- There is more bad news for the Memphis Grizzlies. Spanish star Pau Gasol would rather play for a championship contender.

Gasol told the "El Tirachanas" program on Spanish television's COPE that he wanted "to be with a team competing for a ring," something that he added would be "very difficult" to do with the Grizzlies.

Gasol broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot while playing for Spain in the semifinals of the FIBA World Championship last summer. He missed the championship game but still was named tournament MVP as Spain won the gold medal.

Without their All-Star forward, the Grizzlies are off to a 5-17 start.

Gasol is set to make his long-awaited return for the Grizzlies on Saturday when they visit the Miami Heat.

But Gasol's days in Memphis may be numbered. Speculation has swirled that the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics may be interested in acquiring him.

"There is some truth in it, especially with the whole situation of the change of owners (with the Grizzlies)," Gasol told COPE. "The situation has been uncomfortable, but there are not only the Bulls and Boston, there are other teams interested."

A group headed by former NBA player Christian Laettner and his former Duke University teammate Brian Davis is seeking to purchase the Grizzlies.

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