Memphis let Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen leave as free agents and signed Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to retool the roster around Gasol and point guard Mike Conley to give Fizdale a faster lineup.
The moves appeared to be working when Memphis started this season at 5-1, which led the N.B.A. The Grizzlies stood atop the Western Conference with a win over the Golden State Warriors and two over the Houston Rockets, their Southwest Division rivals.
But Conley has been out since Nov. 17 resting an aching left Achilles’ tendon. The eight-game losing streak was the franchise’s longest since Feb. 11-March 3, 2009. Fizdale kept Gasol on the bench for the fourth quarter, and the center made his unhappiness clear after the game.
“It’s a first for me, trust me, and I don’t like it one bit,” said Gasol, who leads Memphis in points, rebounds and assists.
The Grizzlies gave Gasol a maximum deal in July 2015, and Gasol was an All-Star in Fizdale’s inaugural season.