Player News - Grizzlies

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Brandan Wright came off the bench and hit 4-of-6 shots for 10 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in just 17 minutes on Tuesday.

Wright's incredible field goal percentage and blocks potential is always enticing, but playing behind Marc Gasol is not an ideal situation for him. With Gasol healthy and ready to go, Wright is nothing more than a handcuff for Gasol at this point, if even that.
Oct 7 - 2:05 AM

Courtney Lee started at shooting guard and had 11 points and two 3-pointers in 13 minutes of Tuesday's preseason win over the Rockets.

Lee and Jeff Green look like the starters on the wings for Memphis and if that holds true for the regular season, Tony Allen is going to be tough to own this season.
Oct 7 - 12:18 AM

Vince Carter came off the bench and hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points in 14 minutes of Tuesday's preseason win over Houston.

He had a dunk embarrassingly blocked by the rim tonight and the writing is on the wall as his career winds down. We see no reason to think about drafting him this season.
Oct 7 - 12:16 AM

Russ Smith came off the bench for the Grizzlies in Tuesday's preseason game and had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal on 2-of-8 shooting in 21 minutes.

Smith, who played in 24 games last season, looked decent tonight, but it's hard to see him making a regular-season impact for the Grizzlies this year.
Oct 7 - 12:15 AM

Jeff Green started over Tony Allen at small forward for the Grizzlies in Tuesday's preseason game and had 11 points, seven boards, a steal and two 3-pointers on 3-of-9 shooting in 18 minutes.

If Green starts over Allen in the regular season he'll see a fantasy boost, but is still a guy who should be targeted in the middle rounds of drafts. Allen came off the bench and had just five points and not much else in 11 minutes.
Oct 7 - 12:13 AM

Jeff Green admitted that he faced a difficult time transitioning to the Grizzlies from the Celtics.

"It was tough," Green said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to showcase what I can really do. I've had time to adapt and grasp what I have to do on the floor." Coach Dave Joerger is calling for Green to have a breakout season, but forgive us for being skeptical since we've heard this several times before. "He came back in great shape. Jeff got a lot of work done this summer," Joerger said. "He's got a really good idea of what his role is when he's on the court." Green, who will play both small forward and power forward again this season, enters 2015-16 with a fresh work ethic, an open mind and the endorsement of his teammates. We'll see if it translates to anything tangible.
Oct 5 - 12:51 PM

Mike Conley said he'll continue to wear a protective mask until he feels comfortable.

We all knew who he was before he put on the mask, but Conley plans to continue wearing it just in case he gets hit again. "I'm going to keep it for a little bit," Conley said. "I feel more comfortable with it on whenever I'm playing because I already know I get hit in my face all the time. I'm a little dude, so I'm around elbows and stuff all the time." Conley doesn't wow in any category, but he's solid across the board and should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Oct 1 - 11:56 AM

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger wants Mike Conley to look for his own shot more often, particularly near the rim.

"We need more quick attacks from him and get us some easy baskets by being aggressive," Joerger said. "His quick attacks are paramount to our success. He gets stronger every year, and what I like is he's really strengthened his legs." He has reportedly gained "at least" 15 pounds of muscle this summer, a common claim which is believable when applied to Conley, who is entering a contract year. He's been a top-40 value in 8-cat leagues for each of the past four seasons and can typically be drafted at a discount.
Sep 30 - 8:41 PM

Matt Barnes is expected to spend some time at power forward this season.

The wing rotation will be extremely crowded with Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Tony Allen all vying for minutes, so this is good news for Barnes. That being said, Barnes' role will be limited while the Grizzlies are at full strength, so there is no need to look his way unless you are in a very deep league. If anything, this is bad news for JaMychal Green and Jarnell Stokes.
Sep 30 - 10:29 AM

Andrew Harrison will reportedly sign a contract with the Grizzlies D-League team.

The Grizzlies will go with the domestic draft-and-stash route with Harrison, the right move for his development. We should see a lot more of this tactic used in the future.
Sep 28 - 11:52 AM

Mike Conley has added "at least" 15 lbs of muscle this offseason.

Conley is entering a contract season, so he's going to do everything he can in order to put himself in a position to succeed. After battling through the postseason at well less than 100 percent health last season, Conley should enter the season feeling like a completely new player. As usual, he makes for a solid if unspectacular mid-round target for fantasy owners.
Sep 28 - 11:41 AM

Grizzlies sign F Dan Nwaelele for training camp.

Additionally, the team has brought in Yakhouba Diawara, Ryan Hollins, Michael Holyfield and Lazeric Jones for camp. None are likely for the final roster.
Sep 28 - 11:19 AM

Marc Gasol stated during a recent interview that he'd "love" to play for Spain in the 2016 Olympic Games.

"If I am healthy, I would love to play the Olympic Games," said Gasol. "And I can assure that I would have played also the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer." Gasol elected to rest his body rather than play in the EuroBasket tournament this summer, but if healthy, you can bet he'll suit up for Spain to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Gasol was a stud last season, compiling averages of 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 blocks per game on 49.4 percent shooting from the field and 79.5 percent from the stripe. He'll enter the 2015-16 season fresh, and will make for a fine second-round selection on draft day.
Source: Sportando
Sep 23 - 10:11 AM

Tyrus Thomas has signed with Germany Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.

The fantasy basketball world was driven up a wall with Ty-Tom on occasion, but he will be missed in the NBA. He actually led the NBA in true shooting percentage last season (without any qualifying stats), so at least he can say that.
Sep 4 - 12:24 AM

Gilber Arenas' former personal assistant has been convicted of stealing more than $2 million from the former NBA star.

A jury on found 40-year-old John White guilty of 11 counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing a false tax-related document on Wednesday and he will now face prison time. Arenas has recently said he's working out in an attempt to resurrect his NBA career, so he'll now have more time to dedicate to that effort now that this is behind him.
Source: The Score
Sep 3 - 9:27 AM

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