Player News - Grizzlies

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Matt Barnes believes that he will fit in with the Memphis Grizzlies because of their "Grit and Grind" style.

"This is a whole - not just team but city - with my ideal, a grind mentality," Barnes said. "I've been on teams that run-and-gun and dunk and shoot a lot of 3's, but I've never been on a team that everyone has the same mindset I do. That's very exciting from a player's standpoint." Barnes will likely come off the bench in Memphis, but his defense and ability to hit the 3-point shot should mean that he will have a decent role right out of the gate. He won't be target outside of deeper leagues, though.
Source: USA Today
Jul 28 - 5:33 PM

Kalin Lucas has signed with Qingdao Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Lucas had a previous stint with the Grizzlies, but has played just six total minutes in the NBA. It goes without saying that fantasy owners can leave Lucas off their draft boards.
Jul 23 - 12:56 PM

Tony Allen said that he believes he has another five years left in the NBA and that he can't even imagine leaving the Grizzlies.

"I can’t envision myself no place else," Allen said. "I got about five more years." The 33-year-old also said that he was bitter about losing to the Warriors in the playoffs because his hamstring really hampered his ability to play. He said that he was "hurt" when the Warriors started to guard him with Andrew Bogut, and he vowed to come back stronger next season. The defensive specialist isn't much of a factor in fantasy leagues, but he is worth a look for owners in need of steals after averaging 2.0 steals per game last season.
Jul 19 - 9:57 AM

Tyrus Thomas has reportedly had some strong workouts in Las Vegas, and the Mavs and Fenerbahce were there to watch.

Thomas was able to get a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies last season, but they did not re-sign him to a second 10-day deal, and no other teams picked him up. He may be able to snag a minimum-level deal from Dallas, but he won't be a fantasy factor in any league during the 2015-16 season.
Jul 15 - 10:05 AM

Nick Calathes has signed a three-year deal with Panathinaikos of Greece.

Calathes' deal will be for $7 million over three years and also includes an NBA out clause that expires on July 15. The 26-year-old will presumably shop his offer around the league until Thursday and will then join Panathinaikos if he can't find any takers. While Calathes could still end up stateside, fantasy owners can feel free to move on.
Jul 14 - 11:36 AM

Nick Calathes' deal with Panathinaikos is not yet finalized, and he's still talking to NBA teams, a source told HoopsHype.

All signs point to Calathes heading overseas for a more lucrative long-term contract than he'll get stateside, but it appears he's still wrestling with his final decision.
Jul 13 - 9:28 AM

Greek team Panathinaikos offered Nick Calathes a contract of around $6 million over three seasons.

It's still unknown what's going to happen here, but it sounds like he's headed overseas. The Grizzlies did give him a one-year qualifying offer, but he may opt to take more money away from the NBA.
Source: Euro Hoops
Jul 10 - 9:37 PM

Grizzlies sign F Jarell Martin.

The LSU big man can stretch the floor with his 6'10 frame and will add some depth to the Grizzlies up front. Martin averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 boards per game last year, but has no fantasy value in re-draft leagues right now.
Jul 10 - 4:53 PM

Russ Smith hit the game-winning layup in double overtime on Friday against the Orlando Magic 'White' team to clinch the Orlando Summer League Championship.

Smith also hit the game-winning shot in double overtime against the Magic 'Blue' team on Tuesday, so it's clear that he has enjoyed his time in Orlando. Smith finished the game with 15 points, nine assists, three steals and two 3-pointers, and he has been one of the nicest surprises in summer league so far. However, Smith will struggle to find consistent minutes in Memphis, so he isn't an option in fantasy leagues.
Jul 10 - 2:30 PM

Brandan Wright has officially signed his three-year deal with the Grizzlies.

Wright kept with the theme of the day by including a bear emoji while breaking his own signing news. He even accompanied the tweet with a picture of himself signing the three-year contract worth nearly $18 million. Wright should see plenty of playing time on the Grizzlies second unit and is worth a late-round fantasy pick as he could return huge dividends if Marc Gasol misses any time due to injury.
Jul 9 - 10:40 AM

Russ Smith made a game-winning floater in double-overtime on Tuesday, propelling the Grizzlies to a 73-71 win vs. the Orlando Magic 'Blue' team.

Smith came off the bench but finished with a team-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 28 minutes of action. The outburst may turn a few heads but Smith, who has played 12 games in his NBA career, is obviously not on the fantasy map.
Jul 7 - 7:37 PM

Marc Gasol said he won't play for Team Spain this summer.

Fresh off his five-year, $100 million-plus contract, Gasol said he will take the summer off from international play. "My refusal to Spain is temporary," Gasol said before adding he'd like to play in the 2016 Olympics. "The franchise recommended me a rest this summer. I'd like to be in Rio". It's great news for fantasy owners that the big man will be fresh coming into 2015-16 and he should have no trouble providing second-round value in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 7 - 1:15 PM

Marc Gasol has agreed to a five-year, $100 million-plus deal to return to the Grizzlies.

It was really just a matter of time for Gasol. Plenty of teams had interest in Gasol for obvious reasons, but those teams gave up hope when free agency started. He'll resume his role as a focal point of the offense, following his 2014-15 season with averages of 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 3.8 dimes and 1.6 blocks. He'll be a target in the second round next year.
Jul 6 - 4:21 PM

Grizzlies rookie G Andrew Harrison logged 27 minutes as a starter on Sunday, finishing with nine points on 3-of-8 shooting, six rebounds, two assists, three turnovers and six personal fouls.

He was overshadowed by his undrafted brother Aaron Harrison, who is playing for Charlotte, and the No. 44 pick clearly has a ways to go before cracking the Grizzlies' rotation. He's likely to spend a significant amount of time in the D-League this season.
Jul 5 - 4:57 PM

The Grizzlies have officially picked up Beno Udrih's $2.2 million option for the 2015-16 season.

Udrih, who turns 33 on Sunday, gives Memphis an affordable and reliable backup for starter Mike Conley. He had right ankle surgery in early June but is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp. He's not on the fantasy radar and will be even less appealing if the Grizzlies bring back Nick Calathes.
Jul 5 - 2:32 PM

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