Player News - Grizzlies

Date: Team: Pos:

Kosta Koufos has interest from the Mavs, Lakers and Kings.

He's clearly a backup plan and there's actually a decent chance he starts for the Mavs or Lakers. Koufos made three starts last season, averaging 7.0 points, 6.0 boards and 0.7 blocks. He'd be a low-end option in deeper fantasy leagues in the right situation.
Jul 2 - 7:25 PM

Marc Gasol is finalizing a five-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Gigantes.

Gasol's deal will reportedly be for 5 years and $108 million and will keep him in Memphis until he is 35 years old. We'll keep Gasol's situation updated once his contract is finalized, but this is great news for Grizzlies fans as their franchise player isn't going anywhere. After averaging 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 0.9 steals per game in 2014-15, Gasol shouldn't last past the end of the second round in fantasy drafts.
Source: Gigantes
Jul 2 - 9:52 AM

Brandan Wright and the Grizzlies have agreed on a three-year deal worth nearly $18 million.

He's an interesting player to the Grizzlies rotation in their second unit, which will be able to play with a bit more pace now. Wright picked up big playing time in April with the Suns, averaging 10.6 points, 7.0 boards, 2.2 blocks and 1.4 steals in 30.8 minutes per game during that span. He'll be someone to watch if Marc Gasol misses time due to injury. To be clear, the Grizzlies are heavy favorites to land Gasol.
Jul 1 - 6:34 PM

The Grizzlies are expected to re-sign Marc Gasol as early as Wednesday.

Gasol is expected to only meet with Memphis, so the two sides should have no problems reaching an agreement. The Lakers and Knicks were rumored to be in the running for Gasol, but it doesn't look like there will be any drama in Memphis. Gasol is currently discussing a deal with Grizzlies owner Robert Pera, so we could have another update shortly.
Jul 1 - 10:29 AM

Nick Calathes may be a restricted free agent after the Grizzlies gave him a $1.1 million qualifying offer on Tuesday.

The veteran PG denied reports that he's considering a return to Europe next season, and the Grizzlies' qualifying offer suggests that they hope he sticks around. As long as Mike Conley is healthy, however, Calathes wouldn't be an appetizing fantasy asset in Memphis.
Jun 30 - 10:17 PM

Free agent Brandan Wright is reportedly drawing interest from the Clippers, Grizzlies, Mavericks, Pacers and Suns.

The seven-year veteran has intriguing per-minute fantasy potential, but he's unlikely to start no matter where he lands this summer. The Grizzlies' interest in him may be an indication that they're resigned to losing backup center Kosta Koufos in free agency.
Jun 30 - 7:28 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Luke Ridnour to the Toronto Raptors.

The Summer of Luke continues as Ridnour and his contract will now join his fourth team in a week. The Thunder will create a $2.85 million trade exception through this move and Oklahoma City will also acquire the draft rights of Tomislav Zubcic as part of the deal. It's unlikely that Ridnour will suit up for the Raptors, so he can largely be forgotten for fantasy purposes.
Jun 30 - 11:06 AM

Marc Gasol will reportedly only meet with the Grizzlies when free agency begins on July 1.

Gasol is set to host a contingent of Grizzlies officials when free agency begins and has declined to schedule any meetings with rival teams who are interested in him. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but it sounds like Grizzlies fans can exhale as a verbal agreement will presumably follow Wednesday's meeting in Spain.
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 10:56 AM

The Knicks gave up the idea of pursuing Marc Gasol in free agency, multiple sources told the New York Post.

New York never—ever—had a realistic shot at landing the big man, and we can now move on from these ridiculous rumors before free agency officially begins.
Jun 29 - 11:10 AM

The Suns are interested in re-signing Brandan Wright as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Wright would slot into a backup role in Phoenix playing behind Markieff Morris and Alex Len, so his fantasy outlook isn't great with the Suns. He averaged 7.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game through 40 games with the Suns last season, so he won't be much more than a shot blocking specialist in deep leagues if he is retained by Phoenix.
Jun 28 - 4:18 PM

According to the Los Angeles Times, Marc Gasol has no interest in joining the Lakers this summer.

Gasol reportedly didn't like the way the Lakers treated his brother (Pau) during his last few years with the organization, so the Lakers should probably shift their focus to other free agents. Gasol hasn't said much regarding his free agency, but the Grizzlies are the still the favorites to retain his services. Regardless of where he lands this summer, Gasol will be an elite asset in fantasy leagues once again and should be off the board by the second round.
Jun 28 - 9:28 AM

Kentucky PG Andrew Harrison was drafted by the Suns with the No. 44 pick in Thursday's draft, but was traded to the Grizzlies.

Harrison has great size at PG with a 6'6", 213 pound frame, but he actually saw his playing time decrease in his sophomore season, playing 25.5 minutes per game. He averaged 9.3 points, 2.2 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.9 treys, and won't make a splash as a rookie.
Jun 25 - 11:41 PM

The Grizzlies selected LSU forward Jarell Martin with the 25th pick on Thursday.

He was named to the First Team All-SEC last season, averaging 16.9 points, 9.2 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocks. Martin does have a mid-range game and is productive around the basket, but he’ll need to improve on his 69.0 percent from the line last season. The other big knock on Martin is only having a 6’9 wingspan, so he might need to expand his defensive versatility. The Grizzlies went back to the power forward SEC well again after taking Jarnell Stokes last year at No. 35. He and Martin will compete for end-of-the-bench minutes.
Jun 25 - 10:26 PM

Memphis acquired Matt Barnes on Thursday morning and intends to keep him.

There was a report yesterday that he was headed to OKC, but it turns out that deal wasn't finalized. The Grizzlies pick up Barnes for next to nothing and he'll give them some extra depth at small forward. It's unclear how much playing time he'll get, though.
Jun 25 - 2:52 PM

Luke Ridnour has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeremy Lamb.

Ridnour has now been traded for the third time in the past day and it's unlikely he'll stick with the Thunder as his contract is not guaranteed. Jeremy Lamb will head to Charlotte as part of the deal and we'll hope that Ridnour is at least picking up some frequent flier miles as part of the package.
Jun 25 - 1:14 PM


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