Player News - Grizzlies

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Sacramento is finalizing a trade to send Garrett Temple to Memphis in exchange for Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

The Grizzlies needed an upgrade on the wing and got one in Temple. Last season, he averaged 8.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 treys in 24.8 minutes over 65 games for the Kings. He shot 41.8 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line, but an impressive 39.2 percent from downtown. He'll have a chance to start for Memphis and should see 20-plus minutes a night, but likely won't make an impact in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 17 - 11:44 AM

Kobi Simmons hit 6-of-15 shots, a 3-pointer and 10-of-12 free throws for 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals in 28 minutes of Monday's SL loss to the Blazers.

He's fighting to be Mike Conley's backup at point guard and has played well this summer, meaning there's a chance he could have some fantasy value if Conley has trouble staying healthy this season.
Jul 17 - 12:59 AM

D.J. Stephens left Monday's SL game with a right shoulder injury and is questionable to return for the second half.

He might be instrumental to the Grizzlies winning this game, but he's simply trying to make the regular-season roster at this point. If he doesn't return, he'll finish with zero points, two rebounds and one assist in eight minutes.
Jul 16 - 11:45 PM

Jaren Jackson is not playing on Monday night against the Blazers after playing in eight of the Grizzlies' nine Summer League games thus far.

The No. 4 pick has averaged 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks in 25.7 minutes, and really has nothing left to prove. Point Guard Jevon Carter should get some extra run tonight. The Grizzlies have played 10 SL games in the last 14 days.
Jul 16 - 9:55 PM

Jevon Carter signed a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies.

The terms of the deal haven't been disclosed yet. With Carter signed, the Grizzlies now have 16 players under contract not including two-way players. Carter's defense was on full display at the Summer League and it should help him earn the backup point guard role behind Mike Conley.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 16 - 11:44 AM

Memphis assistant Greg Buckner said Jaren Jackson Jr. has a "chance to be a Defensive Player of the Year-type guy."

Third-year guard Wayne Selden also had some praise for the No. 4 overall pick. "He’s special. He’s a freak. He’s able to do so many things on the court," he said. JJJ has had some struggles with his shot inside the arc, but he's been hitting 3-pointers consistently and has been swatting shots with ease. It's going to be a lot of fun watching him develop alongside a veteran Memphis team that includes three awesome passers in Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Kyle Anderson.
Source: Indy Star
Jul 16 - 10:43 AM

Jaren Jackson Jr. finished Sunday's victory with 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 19 minutes, helping Memphis advance to the Las Vegas Summer League semifinals.

Jackson came in shooting just 37.0% through four games in Vegas, but he's also been grabbing 8.3 boards with 3.8 swats in only 25.5 minutes. His fantasy potential as a shot-blocker and rebounder is glaring. He has the length, timing and athleticism to be a keeper-league favorite. He knocked down 2-of-4 triples and all four of his free throws tonight, too, which is very encouraging.
Jul 15 - 11:51 PM

Jaren Jackson Jr. swatted seven shots during a win over the Jazz on Saturday, adding nine points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

Those seven blocks tie the Vegas record for blocks in a game. Jackson has put up a slew of blocks on smaller players, and it's becoming even more clear that he can play defense in space. As the Grizzlies try to expand his offensive limits, Jackson Jr. has trended down since his 29-point opener, but he continues to be an impactful player.
Jul 15 - 12:15 AM

Jevon Carter scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

He had a strong game on Thursday with Kobi Simmons sitting, but this time Carter did damage on offense with Kobi in the starting lineup next to him. Carter was viewed as a defense-first guard for his big-time steals numbers, but his offense has been eye-catching. If he has a big camp, maybe Carter can find some time with the big club before 2019.
Jul 15 - 12:13 AM

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 16 points and had six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in the Grizzlies summer league win over the Thunder on Thursday.

He’s had an up and down summer league thus far, this was his sixth game of the month, but this was a solid performance for JJJ. Jackson made 50 percent of his shots but went 6-of-11 from the line. With the Grizzlies advancing we should get at least one more shot to see the fourth overall pick before the summer ends.
Jul 12 - 7:59 PM

Jevon Carter scored 19 points and had eight rebounds, eight assists and one steal in Memphis’ summer league win over Oklahoma City on Thursday.

This was undoubtedly his best performance of the summer league, looking good on the offensive end to go along with his strong D. Carter and fellow summer leaguer Kobi Simmons should be competing for the backup PG position as opening night approaches in October. Simmons didn't play today, so that explains Carter's increased opportunity on offense.
Jul 12 - 7:59 PM

Grizzlies new assistant head coach Chad Forcier said his team can play Kyle Anderson at "four spots" in the lineup.

"Contrary to how people might perceive him, I’ve loved him even as a point guard," Forcier said about the new Grizzlies forward. "You think of a different iteration of Ben Simmons in terms of size at six-nine. [Anderson] doesn’t have the same explosiveness, speed or athleticism, but he has the vision and instincts. He’s a multiple position player, especially offensively." Forcier also worked with Slow-Mo in San Antonio a few years ago, so their familiarity should help get Anderson integrated. He's almost a lock to start at small forward, and maybe he'll make a bigger impact than he did with the Spurs.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 11 - 7:18 PM

Wayne Selden scored 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's Summer League loss to Sacramento.

He also added four assists, three rebounds, one block and three triples. He's been solid all Summer League and has shown flashes in the NBA, but his durability and consistency has always held him back. It's not out of the question that he can win the starting shooting guard role.
Jul 10 - 8:54 PM

Grizzlies' rookie Jevon Carter was quiet on Sunday, shooting 4-of-12 from the field for 11 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

Memphis grabbed Carter with the No. 32 pick and defense is his calling card, but he's done nothing to improve his fantasy stock in Vegas with 6.5 points on combined 5-of-18 shooting. A lot can happen before opening night, but right now it looks like Carter and Kobi Simmons (15 points, five turnovers, zero assists) are both battling for the backup PG job in Memphis.
Jul 8 - 11:51 PM

Jaren Jackson Jr. had a mixed night vs. Orlando on Sunday, shooting 1-of-9 from the field to finish with five points, 10 rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.

In his Vegas opener on Saturday, JJJ had 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in just 25 minutes. He couldn't duplicate that success vs. the defensive front of Orlando tonight, with Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac quickly becoming a fearsome duo. JJJ did grab five offensive boards with one block and just one turnover, so it wasn't all bad. If he doesn't rest on Tuesday he should fare better vs. the Kings' Summer League squad.
Jul 8 - 11:50 PM


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