Player News - Grizzlies

Date: Team: Pos:

Lance Stephenson believes he can fit in with the Grizzlies next season as a role player.

"It's not about money," Stephenson said. "I just want to play and help a team win. I think I can fit in here as a role player." Memphis coach Dave Joerger said that he would "absolutely" want to coach Stephenson again, so it will be interesting to see if the Grizzlies pick up his team option worth $9.5 million for next season.
Apr 30 - 12:31 PM

Marc Gasol's rehab from a fractured right foot is "on schedule."

Gasol said that there haven't been any setbacks and added that the Grizzlies are being extremely cautious and won't rush the process. He was having a down year prior to the injury with averages of 16.6 points, 7.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals, so the 31-year-old big man might be available at a significant discount in fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 30 - 12:21 PM

Memphis team officials are confident that they will be able to re-sign Mike Conley this summer according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Conley is obviously the Grizzlies' No. 1 priority this offseason, and they can also offer more money to him than any other team. Regardless, Conley will be the best point guard on the open market this summer, so he's going to get a max deal. A move away from Memphis could actually improve his fantasy value, but he's going to be a stud no matter what.
Apr 30 - 12:12 PM

Jarell Martin (foot surgery) is unlikely to participate in Summer League.

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said Martin probably won't play at Summer League as he recovers from surgery to alleviate soreness in his foot. Martin is expected to recover in time for training camp, but he's not a fantasy option in standard leagues.
Apr 28 - 1:09 PM

Mike Conley is looking forward to free agency and expects it to be a fun process.

While saying his decision is different than Marc Gasol's to re-sign with Memphis last summer, Conley sounded excited for free agency. "This summer will be a fun one for me," Conley said. "Free agency is new for me. We’ll see how it goes." Conley is considered to be the best point guard available this summer and will have no shortage of suitors. He could see a bit of a bump in fantasy value in a new locale, but the Grizzlies are expected to do everything they can to bring Conley back.
Apr 26 - 10:02 AM

Jordan Adams (knee) is continuing his rehab.

The Grizzlies failed to provide any kind of meaningful update on Adams all season, so there is really no analysis here until we get some actual information. He's not on the fantasy radar in any format.
Apr 25 - 1:13 PM

Jarell Martin is seeing a foot specialist on Monday.

It's not clear if Martin's visit is related to the procedure he was expected to undergo in order to alleviate soreness, but we'll provide more information when available and appropriate.
Apr 25 - 1:12 PM

Matt Barnes, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he would like to be "in a competitive situation."

Barnes added that he feels he has "three or four" more years left and would consider staying in Memphis if the team is moving in the right direction. After playing his heart out for a Grizzlies team that brought spoons to a gun fight, expect Barnes to earn himself a nice little raise on his next contract regardless of where he lands. For what it's worth, Barnes—in an ideal scenario—sees himself as a sixth or seventh man.
Apr 25 - 1:10 PM

Lance Stephenson said that he'd like to return to the Grizzlies next season.

The Grizzlies hold a $9.5M option on Stephenson for next season, and the enigmatic swingman is hoping that he's found his new NBA home. If Memphis declines the option, Stephenson showed enough that he'll earn another chance somewhere, but it's not going to be at the rate of more than nine million dollars annually. As an aside, Born Ready plans to use his offseason in order to improve defensively in addition to working to become a better player off the ball.
Apr 25 - 12:56 PM

Brandan Wright (MCL sprain) indicated that he's "weeks away" from being 100 percent healthy.

Wright sustained the injury just before March began, so we're working on two months and the big man remains sidelined indefinitely. While he shouldn't have any issue being ready in time for training camp, Wright will only be on next season's fantasy radar if Marc Gasol (foot) sustains a setback in his rehab.
Apr 25 - 12:51 PM

Mike Conley said that money will not be the "deciding factor" in his upcoming free agency.

This is pretty much standard language at this stage of the game, so there is no real takeaway here now that the Grizzlies have concluded their season. Memphis can offer him an additional season on a five-year deal while every other club will be limited to a four-year offer, and the franchise has been adamant that they'll do whatever it takes to bring Conley back into the fold.
Apr 25 - 12:46 PM

Vince Carter said that he plans on returning to the Grizzlies next season.

The 39-year-old veteran still has some gas left in the tank and implied that he isn't thinking about retiring yet. "I plan on coming back. I feel good. My body feels good." Carter had 14 points, three boards, two assists and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Spurs, but he will likely have a limited role for the Grizzlies next season if he does decide to keep playing.
Apr 24 - 4:46 PM

Matt Barnes scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Spurs.

Barnes added seven boards, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer, once again showing his unique ability to contribute across the box score. Barnes stepped up for the injury-plagued Grizzlies this season on his way to averages of 10.0 points, 5.5 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 38.1 percent shooting, so the impending free agent could get a decent raise this summer. Expect him to join a contender if he doesn't re-sign with Memphis.
Apr 24 - 4:37 PM

Zach Randolph scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds in 22 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Spurs.

The Grizzlies were eliminated from the postseason with the loss and Z-Bo will finally have some time to rest up his troublesome knee. He's under contract with the Grizzlies through the 2016-17 season, but he won't be a popular target in fantasy drafts after finishing the 2015-16 regular season with averages of 15.2 points, 7.8 boards, 2.1 assists and 0.6 steals, failing to crack the top 100 in standard leagues for per-game value.
Apr 24 - 4:17 PM

Lance Stephenson's 26 points (11-of-19 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) weren't enough in a 116-95 loss on Sunday, as the Grizzlies were swept by the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

Stephenson didn't do much in Game 2 or Game 3, but he came to play tonight and has been a solid addition to the Memphis roster. He had a great stretch of 15 games in March when he put up averages of 15.1 points, 4.9 boards, 2.9 assists and 0.9 steals for the shorthanded Grizzlies, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough to entice Memphis to exercise his team option for next season worth just under $9.5 million.
Apr 24 - 4:09 PM


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