Player News - Grizzlies

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Unrestricted free agent Mike Conley is still pondering a meeting with the Rockets, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

An earlier ESPN report today said the Rockets wouldn't get a meeting with the clear-cut No. 1 point guard option in free agency. For now, it looks like it's a two-horse race for Conley between the Grizzlies and Mavs.
Jun 30 - 8:34 PM

The Grizzlies are "very confident" they will retain unrestricted free agent Mike Conley, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.

This confirms a previous report from Marc Stein of ESPN. The Grizzlies have been very confident the entire time, so this isn't a big surprise. The Mavericks are going to meet with Conley on July 1 and remain Memphis' primary competition.
Jun 30 - 7:52 PM

The Rockets reportedly will not be granted a meeting with unrestricted free agent Mike Conley.

It sounds like Houston is out of the running for Conley's services, and they will now shift their attention to getting a quality reserve to backup starter Patrick Beverley. The Grizzlies remain the front-runners to re-sign Conley, although they will have some serious competition from the Mavs.
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 2:54 PM

The Grizzlies believe they can re-sign Mike Conley, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Conley will have plenty of interest as one of the better free agents on the market, but the Grizzlies think they can hold off aggressive pursuits by the Mavs, Rockets, Nets, Bulls, and others. Conley could see an uptick in fantasy value if he signs somewhere other than Memphis, but the Grizzlies can offer him the most money so it would be a surprise to see him sign elsewhere with this news.
Jun 30 - 9:58 AM

Free agent Mike Conley will meet with the Mavericks on July 1, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Plenty of teams are interested in Conley, the summer's premier unrestricted FA point guard, and his meeting with Dallas doesn't imply that they have an advantage in signing him. The Grizzlies are expected to "aggressively recruit" him as their No. 1 priority during free agency, but may be balking at a five-year offer which only they can make. Memphis faces heavy competition from potential suitors like the Rockets, Nets and Bulls, in addition to the Mavs.
Jun 30 - 12:19 AM

The Knicks reportedly waived Tony Wroten last week for disciplinary reasons.

It's unclear what exactly Wroten did to be jettisoned by the Knicks, but a few days later he was claimed off waivers by the Grizzlies. New York has no depth at point guard behind Derrick Rose, and even if they retain Langston Galloway they're likely to add another backup PG in free agency.
Jun 29 - 9:02 PM

The Spurs interest in unrestricted free agent Mike Conley has reportedly been overstated.

Conley will still receive plenty of interest during free agency, but apparently the Spurs won't be one of those teams. The Mavs, Rockets and Nets will all be making a bid for Conley's services, while the Grizzlies will do everything they can to retain him. Conley will reportedly give Memphis the last word, but he wants to see the team upgrade the roster before committing to a long-term deal with the franchise that brought him into the league.
Jun 29 - 9:14 AM

The Grizzlies have declined Lance Stephenson's $9.4 million team option.

He'll be a free agent and should get interest from plenty of teams. Although, Stephenson was out of the rotation at times with the Clippers before the trade deadline. Thanks to numerous injuries to the Grizzlies, he put up averages of 14.2 points, 4.4 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.4 treys in his final 26 regular season games. Stephenson led the league in triple-doubles back in 2013-14, but he will likely just be a role player next year.
Jun 27 - 6:23 PM

Marc Gasol (foot) still does not have medical clearance, according to a report from Marca.com.

Despite being included on Spain's 20-man roster for the 2016 Olympics, it's basically impossible to envision any kind of participation for the big man. Gasol had surgery toward the end of February, so we're now more than four months beyond the date of the operation. If the slow progress continues to linger this summer, Gasol's fantasy stock will be impacted accordingly.
Jun 27 - 10:35 AM

The Grizzlies have claimed G Tony Wroten off waivers.

Wroten will be returning to the team that drafted him, and things have reportedly been going well in his recovery from a partially torn ACL. It's unlikely that Wroten can establish himself as a standard league asset during the 2016-17 season. The Wroten signing could spell the end of Xavier Munford's time in Memphis.
Jun 26 - 4:30 PM

The Grizzlies are expected to "aggressively recruit" Mike Conley and make him their first priority for free agency, according to general manager Chris Wallace.

This is obvious. The good news for Memphis is that the Knicks are out of the running with Derrick Rose heading to NYC. The Grizzlies should get some competition from the Bulls, Spurs and Dallas -- the Mavs have also said Conley is a high priority for them. The Grizzlies have been confident for months, so they're the favorites.
Jun 25 - 7:20 PM

The Grizzlies will not bring back Xavier Munford, according to NBA reporter David Pick.

This isn't a surprise with the Grizzlies picking up Wade Baldwin IV in the draft. Munford was solid at times on the defensive end, but he'll have to work on his offense. Expect him to be in Vegas for Summer League.
Jun 25 - 3:43 PM

The Grizzlies selected Wang Zhelin with the 57th pick in the Draft.

Zhelin is a back-to-the-basket seven-footer weighing in at 251 pounds. The Grizzlies are likely going to stash him overseas for a while, but we'll track the 22-year-old prospect's progress closely overseas.
Jun 24 - 12:12 AM

The Celtics drafted Michigan State big man Deyonta Davis with the first pick of the second round on Thursday, but they will trade him to Memphis.

The Celtics are giving up picks Nos. 31 and 35 in the draft in exchange for the Clippers' lottery-protected first-round pick in 2019, which was owned by Memphis. Davis has good size at 6'11", 237 lbs, and he's an impressive athlete who should be able to defend centers once he bulks up, but he's a project offensively. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect Davis to produce off the bat in Memphis, keeping him off the radar in 12-team leagues.
Jun 23 - 11:07 PM

The Grizzlies selected Wade Baldwin with the 17th pick in the NBA Draft.

On paper, Baldwin looks like an impact player. He’s 6’4", 202 pounds, has a 6'11" wingspan, and he posted great measurements at the combine. However, Baldwin is a bit of a bull in a china shop and sometimes makes plays that are not there. On a somewhat disappointing Vanderbilt team, the 20-year-old point guard averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 boards, 5.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 treys. The good news for Memphis is that this pick gives them some insurance at point guard if Mike Conley leaves in free agency.
Jun 23 - 9:33 PM


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