Player News - Grizzlies

Date: Team: Pos:

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Hassan Whiteside to a non-guaranteed contract for training camp.

Whiteside has been kicking around the NBA and it's D-League affiliates for the past few years. Being 7-feet has kept him somewhat relevant in league circles, but there's no evidence that he will suddenly become a contributor to a team.
Sep 18 - 2:12 PM

Josh Akognon has signed with the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Akognon most recently played with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League and will now take his talents overseas for the 2014-15 season. The 28-year-old has only played nine minutes in the NBA and isn't anyone who fantasy owners need to commit to memory.
Sep 18 - 11:14 AM

Former Grizzlies G Jamaal Franklin has been working out for the Spurs this week.

Franklin shot 45.5 percent from downtown in limited action with the Grizzlies last season, and once he joined the D-League he notched 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals. If he does join the Spurs for training camp, they'll have no fewer than 19 players on the roster.
Sep 17 - 9:26 AM

Free agent PG Kalin Lucas has reportedly agreed to a training-camp deal with the Grizzlies.

The 25-year-old averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 assists per game in the D-League last season, following a two-year stint in Europe. Fantasy owners should ignore him, as he's unlikely to make the regular-season roster.
Source: Sportando
Sep 16 - 6:49 PM

The Grizzlies have invited Earl Clark to training camp on an unguaranteed contract.

Clark has five years of NBA experience, splitting the 2013-14 season between the Cavaliers and Knicks. He shot very poorly last year and is barely above 40 percent from the field during his pro career, and he's a longshot to make the Grizzlies' final roster.
Sep 14 - 3:07 PM

Marc Gasol went 1-of-7 from the field in Spain's 65-52 loss to France in the FIBA.

Gasol's final stat line for the loss was three points, four rebounds, and one block. He struggled to score, being frustrated by French center Rudy Gobert. He was the team's high-scorer in their game against France on September 3rd, but could not repeat the performance. Gasol had a down 2013-2014 after battling injuries but is he prime bounce-back candidate.
Sep 10 - 6:13 PM

Nick Calathes scored a team-high 14 points for Greece in a losing effort vs. Serbia in Sunday's World Cup elimination game.

Calathes had a nice tournament but his Greek team bowed out in the round of 16, while Serbia, led by Bogdan Bogdanovic, will advance to the quarterfinals. Calathes will rejoin the Grizzlies but must sit out the first 13 games due to last season's suspension. When he does return he'll be fighting Beno Udrih for reserve PG minutes.
Sep 7 - 3:07 PM

Josh Akognon is drawing interest from teams in China.

He was with the Mavericks and Grizzlies, but he's only played a grand total of nine minutes in the NBA. Akognon showed some flashes in Vegas a couple years ago, but he's not going to be in the NBA any time soon.
Sep 4 - 10:34 PM

Marc Gasol scored a team-high 17 points vs. France during Wednesday's 88-64 win to go with six boards, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

It's been his big brother Pau doing most of the heavy lifting, but Marc got in on the action today. The FIBA tournament seems destined for a USA vs. Spain final with both teams on cruise control so far. Marc Gasol had a down year in 2013-14, so he could be a nice value pick in the late-early rounds of drafts.
Sep 3 - 5:54 PM

Free agent F Earl Clark will work out for the Spurs this week.

Clark is coming off a disappointing 2013-14 season with the Cavaliers and Knicks, averaging 4.8 points on 37.2 percent shooting in limited action. The Spurs added rookie Kyle Anderson to a group of backup forwards which also includes Boris Diaw, Jeff Ayres and Austin Daye, so Clark won't be a fantasy asset if he signs in San Antonio.
Sep 2 - 2:23 PM

The Grizzlies have signed undrafted swingman Luke Hancock.

Hancock, a clutch shooter who played the final two years of his college career under Rick Pitino in Louisville, won the Most Outstanding Player award in the 2013 NCAA tournament. He played for the Magic and Rockets during Summer League, and has now found a home in Memphis. Hancock will add some much needed range to the Grizzlies backcourt, but is unlikely to earn enough minutes for standard league consideration.
Source: Real GM
Sep 1 - 10:33 AM

The Grizzlies waived G Jamaal Franklin via the stretch provision on Sunday.

Franklin was owed just $816k this season so it's an interesting that they 'stretched' his salary-cap number instead of buying out his contract. The 6'5" SG barely saw the court under coach Dave Joerger last season but he has enough talent to earn a look from another NBA team during training camp.
Aug 31 - 4:15 PM

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger is excited to be adding the defensive minded Jeff Bzdelik to his staff.

"I value his head coaching experience but everybody brings a different strength," said Joerger. "What he brings is great experience having worked with [Pat] Riley in Miami. He's a detail guy. He's very organized. He's going to fit with the level of toughness that we have and want to keep having here." Joerger will look to Bzdelik to develop the team’s defensive game plans, and he's a great acquisition for the Memphis organization.
Aug 24 - 1:07 PM

The Grizzlies signed second-round draft pick Jarnell Stokes to a three-year deal on Monday.

Stokes was traded from Utah to Memphis on draft day, and he will fight for backup minutes in Memphis with Jon Leuer. Stokes averaged 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists during his final year at the University of Tennessee, but he's unlikely to be a relevant fantasy option during his rookie season.
Aug 18 - 6:47 PM

Marcus Williams signed with Red Star Belgrade.

He had two double-digit dime games with the Nets in his rookie season back in 2006-07, but he's been out of the NBA since 2010. Williams isn't much of an offensive talent and can't defend very well, so he may play the rest of his career overseas.
Source: Sportando
Aug 15 - 9:58 AM


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