Player News - Grizzlies

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Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger spoke highly of rookie Jordan Adams during a recent interview, saying he's gotten much better as a shooter.

Adams was used sparingly during his rookie season, averaging just 8.3 minutes, 3.1 points and 0.3 three-pointers a game on 40.7 percent shooting from the field. He did, however, have a very nice outing towards the end of the regular-season, going off for 19 points with two 3-pointers. The Grizzlies seriously need to add some 3-point shooting to their roster if they hope to compete at a championship level in today's NBA, and perhaps Adams could fill that role for Memphis. We'll be tracking his progress this offseason, but until he becomes a regular part of the rotation, he won't have any standard league value.
May 22 - 2:03 PM

Marc Gasol became the first Grizzlies player to be named to the All-NBA first team.

Gasol finished the 2014-15 regular season with averages of 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.9 steals per game and will now enter free agency as one of the most coveted players on the market. While Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace is confident Gasol will be back in Memphis next year, fantasy owners can feel good about selecting the big man in the first round no matter what uniform he's wearing for the 2015-16 season.
May 21 - 1:11 PM

The Grizzlies have tried numerous times to engage Mike Conley in extension talks, but he reportedly wants to be a free agent in 2016.

To be clear, this doesn't mean that he will leave the Grizzlies, but it does make the most financial sense for him to wait until he hits the open market in 2016. Conley is an outstanding point guard and often doesn't get the credit he deserves, but it's safe to say that he will be getting a significant raise soon. He courageously battled through several injuries during the playoffs, but he should be rejuvenated after a summer full of rest and will be a solid target in the early middle rounds.
Source: ESPN
May 20 - 12:55 PM

Kosta Koufos, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, wants to be a starter in the NBA.

Koufos was a very solid backup in Memphis behind Marc Gasol, and he will be sure to command plenty of interest on the open market. The Grizzlies will obviously make re-signing Gasol their top priority, so it's possible that they are forced to part ways with Koufos. If he lands in an ideal situation, Koufos could be a name to watch heading into fantasy drafts next season.
Source: ESPN
May 20 - 12:13 PM

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said he "firmly" believes that Marc Gasol will be back in Memphis next season.

Gasol has been playing his cards close to his chest, but it's hard to imagine him leaving Memphis. For obvious reasons, Gasol will be one of the biggest names on the open market, and teams such as the Spurs and Knicks will likely go after him aggressively. This story will only heat up as we approach July 1, so be sure to check back for all the latest updates. Regardless, Gasol will be an elite asset next season no matter where he lands.
May 20 - 11:27 AM

Marc Gasol said he hasn't shifted his focus to his upcoming free agency.

While Gasol will be one of the most highly-coveted unrestricted free agents this summer, he said his thoughts are still focused on what went wrong in the Golden State series. "I haven't put all the scenarios on the table yet," Gasol said. "I'm still trying to figure out what I could have done different to [help us] beat Golden State. That's where my mind is the last 72 hours. I know that's not the point you guys want to hear, but that's the reality. I woke up this morning with that feeling over and over again of, 'What could I have done better?'" We'll be keeping a close eye on Gasol leading up to July 1, but he'll remain an elite fantasy option next season no matter what uniform he's wearing.
Source: ESPN
May 19 - 12:16 PM

When asked to reveal his list of injuries, Mike Conley said he's dealing with a broken face, a strained neck, a left wrist sprain, a right wrist sprain, lower back tightness and a right foot sprain.

Yikes. Conley just wasn't the same player since the All-Star break and all of these injuries explain why. None of these injuries figure to linger on with maybe the exception of his back issue, so fantasy owners can draft him assuming he'll be healthy. He's likely going to be a nice value in the early middle rounds.
May 18 - 3:20 PM

Jeff Green is expected to exercise his $9.2 million player option for next season.

He is going to turn 29 this summer and probably only has one more real chance to get a big pay day in a contract. If he does opt in, he'll likely be in a similar role, assuming Marc Gasol is back. Green won't be worth drafting in most leagues for his somewhat low ceiling.
May 18 - 2:52 PM

Marc Gasol's teammates are confident that he will be back with the Grizzlies next season, but the possibility of him joining the Spurs is a concern.

Gasol reportedly hasn't talked about his plans this summer, but it's clear that he loves Memphis and it's hard to imagine him leaving. That being said, Gasol might be intrigued with the idea of joining a powerhouse such as the Spurs, and even though the Grizzlies can offer more money and an extra year, Memphis should be a little worried. He finished the regular season with averages 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.9 steals per game, so he will be an elite fantasy asset next season regardless of where he ends up. Expect the rumors to heat up as we approach July 1st.
May 16 - 9:36 AM

Mike Conley made 3-of-13 from the field for 11 points against the Warriors during a Game 6 108-95 loss on Friday, adding one rebound, nine assists, two steals and one turnover.

He deserves some credit for coming back, but Conley just wasn't the same since he first went down back in March. Both of his ankles didn't seem to be 100 percent and his struggles in this series might not have to do with his facial injury. In his five games against the Warriors, he averaged just 13.4 points, 0.8 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 treys. He'll probably be a nice value in the early middle rounds of drafts next season.
May 16 - 12:14 AM

Marc Gasol made 7-of-23 from the field for 21 points against the Warriors during a season-ending loss on Friday, adding 15 boards, four assists and five blocks in 44 minutes.

He'll enter free agency with one of his least efficient shooting lines in the postseason. The Grizzlies crowd gave him a standing ovation and obviously want him back. Gasol is going to fetch a max deal and the Grizzlies are still the favorites to land him. Teams like the Spurs have also been rumored to be a contender.
May 16 - 12:08 AM

Jeff Green started the second half on Friday night against the Warriors, making just 2-of-8 from the field for six points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and no turnovers.

He really didn't have any plays drawn up for him and his numbers with the starters just aren't very good. Green was a better fit with the second unit where he can create for himself and he'll likely have a similar role next season.
May 16 - 12:06 AM

Tony Allen will not return to Friday's game and Jeff Green started the second half.

This isn't a surprise because Allen could barely even make it through warmups. The Warriors are killing the Grizzlies in transition tonight, so getting a healthy body out there is very important.
May 15 - 11:02 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) will start against the Warriors on Friday night.

He is nowhere near 100 percent and coach Dave Joerger said Allen will give him all he can. He also was seen grabbing his hamstring in warmups, so Allen's minutes are likely going to be around 20 tonight. Jeff Green will move back to the bench and should still play a lot.
May 15 - 9:22 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) said he will "definitely" play in Game 6 against the Warriors on Friday.

Allen added that he doesn't know how effective he'll be able to be, and that he's only at around 60 percent healthy, but he believes he'll start. However, Dave Joerger said that Allen's injury is "pretty severe," and simply responded, "we'll see" when asked whether Allen would be in the starting lineup. Assuming The Grindfather plays and starts, his return to the lineup would push Jeff Green back to the bench, while Vince Carter could potentially lose some minutes. Allen isn't a great fantasy option, but he provides the Grizzlies with some energy and grit, and he'll do his best to harass Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the perimeter. It should be an exciting Game 6 in Memphis.
May 15 - 12:50 PM

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