Player News - Grizzlies

Date: Team: Pos:

Nick Calathes will remain in Greece playing for the Panathinakos this upcoming season.

Vlade Divac was trying to lure Calathes away from Europe to re-unite him with his former coach David Joerger, but Calathes is a star in Greece and he'd be relegated to a minimal bench role with the Kings. Sacramento's continued search for a backup point guard indicates they are not entirely comfortable using Isaiah Cousins as Darren Collison's primary reserve.
Jul 27 - 12:47 PM

Russ Smith has signed a contract with Galatasaray of Turkey.

Smith just hasn't been able to earn consistent minutes at the NBA level, so he'll be taking his talents overseas where he's expected to start.
Jul 27 - 12:20 PM

The Kings are trying to lure Nick Calathes from Greek Panathinaikos.

Calathes signed a three-year deal last summer, so he would have to get out of the last two years of his contract. The Kings really need a backup point guard, so this is just another indicator they're still in the market for one.
Jul 25 - 10:29 PM

Troy Williams has signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

He played for the Suns during the Vegas Summer League, averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 boards and 1.7 steals on 54.3 percent shooting. It's just a training camp deal, so Williams will still have a lot of work to do in order to make the 15-man roster in Memphis.
Jul 24 - 10:57 AM

D.J. Stephens has reportedly agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Grizzlies.

It's just a camp invite, and with Memphis being pretty set at the power forward position, there's almost no way he makes the regular-season roster.
Jul 21 - 3:37 PM

Marc Gasol (foot) will not play in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Gasol's foot still hasn't healed from the injury that cut short his 2015-16 season and he will not be able to join Team Spain in Brazil. While it's not time to hit the panic button just yet, Gasol's fantasy stock for the 2016-17 season will take a hit if we don't get more positive news closer to draft day.
Jul 19 - 11:56 AM

Troy Williams led Phoenix with 24 points in 33 minutes of action on Sunday, adding six rebounds, two steals and four turnovers.

Williams made 5-of-11 shots (0-of-5 from downtown) but he did most of his damage with a 14-of-15 mark at the FT line. The undrafted forward was coming off a 22-point, six-rebound game on Saturday, and Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that Williams has "at least four teams" interested in giving him a guaranteed contract. He's a fringe fantasy option no matter where he lands.
Jul 17 - 8:01 PM

Grizzlies coach David Fizdale reportedly wants Mike Conley to "[take] on more of a scoring role" this season.

Conley will spend more time playing off the ball in a faster-paced Grizzlies offense, which is great news for his prospective fantasy owners. Memphis ranked 27th in pace last year and Conley's usage rate of 22.4 percent was his lowest in three seasons -- with both of those numbers likely to rise, he's a safe bet to improve upon last year's top-60 valuation.
Jul 17 - 1:17 PM

The Grizzlies are reportedly still a possible landing spot for free agent Tony Wroten.

Memphis waived Wroten last week after a short stint and it's unclear why they'd bring him back so soon after cutting him loose. He's likely to earn a training camp invite, with Memphis or another team, but fantasy owners should look elsewhere for late-round guards.
Jul 17 - 9:16 AM

The Grizzlies have officially signed Wade Baldwin to his rookie contract.

With Mike Conley re-signing with the Grizzlies, Baldwin will have very little value in most leagues playing in a limited reserve role.
Source: Sportando
Jul 16 - 12:23 PM

Rade Zagorac will stay overseas for at least the 2016-17 season.

The 35th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft will spend some time in Las Vegas with the Grizzlies, but has decided to play with Mega Leks of the Basketball League of Serbia for at least the upcoming season. The 20-year-old has potential, but he's not on the fantasy radar just yet.
Jul 14 - 9:27 AM

Chandler Parsons said that he expects to operate with a higher usage rate under head coach David Fizdale.

"I think [Fizdale] is going to obviously bump [my usage rate] up," said Parsons, "and with the personnel that's on the roster right now for Memphis, it's a perfect fit." If Parsons can stay healthy in Memphis, he could be in for a career-year. Through 14 games after the break this past season, Parsons compiled averages of 17.6 points, 4.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.4 triples per contest on 51.7 percent shooting. He's expected to be 100 percent for training camp, and he could make for a nice value pick on draft day.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 9:49 AM

The Grizzlies have waived G Tony Wroten.

Wroten will have spent a total of 11 days with the Memphis franchise, and with such a short tenure, it's unclear exactly why the Grizzlies elected to claim him off waivers. He'll likely earn a camp invite somewhere, but it's tough to see him landing in a situation that will give him a shot at fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 12 - 4:15 PM

Wade Baldwin made 3-of-5 from the field and all seven free throws for 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers on Monday.

His efficiency was a problem before this game, but he was a lot better during this win. Baldwin has a furious style to his game, so he'll have to learn to play a little more under control to get minutes. He has prototype size for a point guard, but it might take a few years before Baldwin is an asset in standard leagues.
Jul 11 - 6:18 PM

Bryce Cotton sprained his right ankle at the end of the third quarter on Monday.

He drove to the basket and suffered the injury just after his landing. Cotton was able to walk to the locker room under his own power with a limp, so it doesn't look too serious. The undersized guard has played very well for the Hawks Vegas team, so he'll likely get a camp invite somewhere.
Jul 11 - 5:59 PM


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