Player News - Grizzlies

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Kobi Simmons has agreed to a free agent deal with the Grizzlies.

Simmons was a top-25 high school recruit, but didn't live up to expectations during his freshman season at Arizona. In 23.5 minutes per game, he averaged 8.7 points, 2.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.9 triples on 39.5 percent shooting. He's an impressive athlete, but he's also a defensive liability and inefficient scorer who will likely spend a lot of time developing the G-League over the next couple years.
Jun 23 - 10:53 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Dillon Brooks with the No. 45 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The Grizzlies acquired the selection from Houston in order to select their man. Due to the Ducks having a great 2016-17 season, Brooks’ minutes did take a bit of a hit at Oregon last year, averaging 16.1 points, 3.2 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.6 treys. He was a bit of a combo forward at Oregon, but the 6’7" prospect only has a 6’6" wingspan, so he may have to carve out a specific role and create a niche for himself in the NBA. Still, it's a nice fit on paper for Memphis in the second round.
Jun 22 - 11:47 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Cal F Ivan Rabb with the No. 35 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

This was originally Orlando's pick, but it was sent to the Grizzlies in exchange for a future second-round selection. Rabb has been a little banged up during pre-draft workouts from an ankle sprain suffered while working out with the Pacers. The injury limited him to mostly shooting in the pre-draft process, and he previously said he wound up missing about six workouts, which could be a reason why he slid into the second round. Rabb is more of a straight four man with his 6’10" height and 7’2" wingspan, but he could wind up getting some spot minutes at the five. Rabb did also have 60.9 percent of his shots come off a jumper, so he does have upside as a potential floor spacer.
Jun 22 - 11:13 PM

The Grizzlies acquired the No. 35 pick from the Magic.

The Grizzlies will trade away a Brooklyn second-round pick in 2019 to get their only pick so far tonight.
Jun 22 - 10:04 PM

The Grizzlies aren't willing to offer Tony Allen more than the veteran's minimum this summer, according to sources of Memphis beat reporter Ronald Tillery.

Allen is 35 years old and beginning to lose some of his luster as a defensive stalwart, so it wouldn't make much sense to give him a massive deal. However, he might be able to secure an offer for slightly more than the minimum outside of Memphis. Either way, there won't be many leagues where The Grindfather will be worthy of a draft pick next season.
Jun 21 - 10:52 AM

Chandler Parsons (left knee) is "pretty close" to being 100 percent healthy, according to Grizzlies' GM Chris Wallace.

"Physically, he’s where he should be," said Wallace of Parsons. "He’s now pretty close to being full steam ahead with basketball." Parsons' first year in Memphis after signing a four-year, max deal worth $94 million this past offseason was nothing short of a disaster as he only managed to suit up for a total of 34 games while hitting career-lows across the board. He's now undergone major surgeries to both of his knees, and his inability to stay healthy over the past three years is obviously a major red flag.
Jun 19 - 6:09 PM

Bryce Cotton will play for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2017 Summer League.

Cotton played for Atlanta's summer league squad in 2016 as well. The Hawks were willing to sign him to a 10-day contract back in January, but Cotton instead decided to finish the 2016-17 campaign in Australia with the Perth Wildcats.
Jun 17 - 12:56 PM

Draft prospect Ivan Rabb was unable to participate in a workout for the Pistons on Tuesday due to an injury suffered in a previous workout.

We don't yet have any details on the nature or the severity of the injury. Hopefully for Rabb, it's only a minor issue and he will be able to get back on the court quickly. Rabb spent two seasons at Cal and averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 boards, 1.5 assists per game last year. He is projected to land late in the first or early in the second round. An inability to showcase his skills may hurt his stock.
Jun 6 - 1:24 PM

The Grizzlies announced the launch of their NBA G-League team the Memphis Hustle on Thursday.

Cool name! The Grizzlies had a number of their players go to the Iowa Energy last year, but now they'll have their own squad to use for development and also be within 30 minutes from the FedEx Forum. Plus, a lot of their facilities will overlap to allow the young guys to get more time with the veterans. The G-League now has 26 teams, which is up from just 16 in 2012-13 and 22 in 2016-17.
Jun 1 - 5:37 PM

Ivan Rabb will workout for the Lakers on Tuesday.

Rabb compiled averages of 14.0 points, 10.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.0 block and 2.2 turnovers per game on 49.0 percent shooting during his sophomore season at Cal, and he could be an option for Los Angeles when they come on the board with the No. 28 pick on draft day. He's a solid rebounder, but he'll need to completely rebuild his jumper and add some muscle to his frame to make a real impact at the NBA level.
May 29 - 3:04 PM

Wade Baldwin has an opportunity to prove he can handle more minutes next season by playing well in summer league action.

When the Grizz selected Baldwin with the 17th pick in last year's draft, they assumed he would settle in as Mike Conley's backup. However, Baldwin was beaten out by Andrew Harrison for the primary backup point guard gig. Baldwin has the talent to be a significant contributor but needs to improve his focus and consistency. He shot just 31.6 percent from the floor and 13.6 percent from 3-point range as a rookie. Baldwin obviously needs to work on his jumper this offseason.
Source: NBA.com
May 27 - 10:08 AM

Deyonta Davis said he's focusing on his conditioning this summer.

He also said he's going to try to improve his all-around game. Davis' foot injury from last summer kept him to just 36 games during his rookie year. He was a possible lottery pick before the 2016 draft, but the injury red flags dropped him to 31. He'll likely be going to Summer League.
Source: NBA.com
May 25 - 4:02 PM

The Grizzlies are hoping that Chandler Parsons (knees) will be a full participant when training camp opens in the fall.

Memphis signed Parsons to a four-year, $94 million contract (the richest incoming free-agent contract in franchise history) last summer, but injuries to both knees limited Parsons to just 34 games. He averaged career-lows in games, minutes, points, assists and rebounds. However, the Grizz are hoping that a full offseason of rest will help his knees recover. Parsons will be a boom-or-bust pick in fantasy drafts next October. He still has a high upside, but the injury issues are undeniably scary.
Source: NBA.com
May 16 - 10:01 AM

Ivan Rabb will work out for the Blazers at some point after the NBA Draft Combine.

The Blazers have plenty of chances to get someone like Rabb with their picks at 15, 20 and 26. Rabb is a plus rebounder and does have some range as a shooter, making 35.9 percent of his jumpers on twos and 40.0 on his 20 attempts from three. He's likely coming off the board just after the lottery.
May 12 - 2:26 PM

The Grizzlies may have to choose between free agents JaMychal Green and Zach Randolph this summer.

Green will be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning Memphis will have the right to match any offer he receives. Randolph, on the other hand, is unrestricted. During the 2016-17 regular season, Green started 75 games and averaged 27.3 minutes. Randolph played 24.5 minutes a night, mostly off the bench. However, in the postseason, Z-Bo started four of six contests and averaged 31.8 minutes, while Green logged 19.7 minutes per game. This will be an interesting situation to watch over the summer, as it has definite fantasy ramifications.
Source: NBA.com
May 12 - 1:09 PM


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