Player News - Grizzlies

Date: Team: Pos:

Marc Gasol suggested he might be open to a trade if the Grizzlies don't "keep growing."

Gasol, speaking with a Spanish media outlet, said: "I’m very ambitious and I’ve wanted Memphis to be a great franchise. We’ve grown a lot the last 6-7 years, but we have to keep growing. If this is not lined up, maybe we may have to revisit things." The Grizz have Mike Conley and Gasol locked up, but the rest of the roster is unsettled. The health of Chandler Parsons, who inked a $94 million contract, is still a question mark and JaMychal Green remains unsigned. It will be difficult for Memphis to make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference this season.
Aug 18 - 10:48 AM

Tayshaun Prince has accepted a front office role with the Grizzlies.

He wasn't ready to retire, but couldn't find any work as a player. Prince will now serve as a special assistant to Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace. He played with the Grizzlies from 2013-15 and owns career averages of 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Aug 15 - 11:21 PM

Ben McLemore (foot) said he started his rehab.

He is expected to miss the next 12 weeks with the fracture of his fifth metatarsal. McLemore may have lost some ground for the last couple rotation spots with Wayne Selden playing really well in summer league. Tyreke Evans could also pick up some value, and this puts slightly more pressure on Chandler Parsons (knee) to stay healthy.
Aug 11 - 4:25 PM

Russ Smith will play in China with Fujian next season.

He's been ridiculous overseas in China, posting a four-game stretch with 70.8 points per game. Smith did show up back in the 2016 summer league, but he may just wind up being an international superstar due to being a little undersized.
Aug 11 - 3:57 PM

Ben McLemore underwent surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and will be sidelined for an estimated 12 weeks.

According to the Grizzlies press release, the injury occurred when he landed on another player’s foot after driving to the basket during a pick-up game in Los Angeles. Based on the early estimate, McLemore is expected to return in late October or early November, which means he'll miss training camp, the entire preseason and the first couple weeks of the regular season. This obviously greatly diminishes his fantasy appeal. Tyreke Evans, Wayne Selden and Troy Daniels figure to be the biggest beneficiaries if McLemore misses more time than expected.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 8 - 1:54 PM

Mario Chalmers only has $25,000 of guaranteed money with his one-year, $2.1 million deal.

You would think he's a lock to make the 15-man roster in Memphis, but it's anybody's guess as to how he will look coming off a major Achilles injury. He's also no spring chicken at the age of 31. If Chalmers can prove his worth in camp, he will compete with Wade Baldwin for the backup PG job behind Mike Conley. He's not on the standard-league radar and may be limited to start the season.
Jul 27 - 1:32 PM

The Grizzlies have signed second-round pick Dillon Brooks to a three-year rookie deal.

The Grizz selected Brooks, who played his college ball at Oregon, with the 45th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Brooks averaged 12.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 23.0 minutes over six games at the Las Vegas Summer League. Two of the three years on his deal are guaranteed. Brooks has some upside, but will have a tough time carving out consistent minutes in Memphis next season and thus can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 21 - 12:56 PM

Mario Chalmers will sign a one-year deal with Memphis according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The deal is only partially guaranteed for one year, so he's still not a lock to make the 15-man roster. Chalmers hasn't played in the NBA since tearing his Achilles back in March of 2016, but he's healthy again and it's nice to see him get another shot. He will battle Wade Baldwin for the backup PG role, so he won't have much fantasy value in Memphis.
Jul 18 - 10:31 PM

Wayne Selden was named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

The Grizz finished with a 5-1 record in Las Vegas and Selden averaged 22.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals in 30.5 minutes. It was a very encouraging showing for Selden. However, with Memphis signing both Tyreke Evans and Ben McLemore this summer, it will be difficult for Selden to secure consistent minutes next season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 18 - 1:00 PM

Rade Zagorac has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $3.9 million deal with the Grizzlies.

Zagorac was originally drafted by the Grizzlies with the No. 35 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, but he spent this past season playing overseas for Mega Leks in Serbia. He'll help bring some emergency depth to the small forward spot in Memphis, but he won't be a significant part of the rotation his rookie season.
Jul 17 - 6:20 PM

Wayne Selden finished the Grizzlies' elimination loss on Sunday 5-of-13 from the field for 13 points with four assists, three turnovers and two steals in 22 minutes.

Selden added a block tonight and overall he looked terrific in Vegas, especially as a scorer, putting up 24.6 points in his first five games. Vince Carter is gone and Tony Allen isn't a lock to return in free agency, but it'll still be hard for Selden to make an impact with Tyreke Evans and Ben McLemore coming to town.
Jul 16 - 8:07 PM

Bryce Cotton has re-signed with Perth of Australia.

Cotton played for the Hawks at Summer League, but he wasn't able to earn a camp invite so he's headed back overseas.
Jul 16 - 3:38 PM

Wayne Selden scored 24 points during a 98-95 win over the Heat on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

It was a great quarterfinal game with the Grizzlies earning the victory in double-overtime. Assuming he does play on Sunday against the Blazers, Selden should end the Las Vegas Summer League with the most total points. Selden did have a minor left ankle tweak in this game, but he played through the injury and even made an and-one bucket off the injury. He's not a lock for the rotation, but he is certainly helping himself as one of the best players in Vegas this year.
Jul 15 - 8:17 PM

Wayne Selden scored 33 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, three turnovers and three 3-pointers in a win over the Suns on Thursday.

He's been a top-five scorer in Vegas and continues to just get in the lane seemingly whenever he wants. Selden is going to have some more competition for minutes, but he looks like he'll have a chance to at least get in the rotation.
Jul 13 - 10:17 PM

The Clippers and Timberwolves have expressed interest in Tony Allen.

Allen is 35 but still performed at a high level on the defensive end of the floor last season, leading the NBA in steal percentage (3.1). Also, Allen led all guards in offensive rebounds (166) and offensive rebounds per game (2.3). He has previously played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau. We shall see if he reunites with one of them.
Jul 13 - 9:46 AM


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