Player News - Grizzlies

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Marc Gasol said his main goal this offseason is to work on his rebounding.

"Obviously, rebounding is an issue for me," Gasol said. He's actually not bad at getting a rebound when he has a chance, but the stats say he's out of position a lot. Among the 176 players to log at least 24 minutes per game, Gasol ranked 41st in contested rebounding percentage, but he ranked just 91st in rebounding chance percentage. In other words, he should improve on getting better position before the shot hits the rim than after it. If Gasol can add 104 treys this season to his previous career total of just 12, maybe he can increase his boards from 6.4 per game in 2016-17 to closer to 10 in 2017-18.
Apr 29 - 9:16 PM

Restricted free agent JaMychal Green said he wants to return to the Grizzlies next season.

"Memphis feels like home," Green said. The 26-year-old, undrafted power forward had a mini breakout season and had several eye-popping defensive showings. He did tail off a little late in the season, but the Grizzlies should still have a ton of interest in bringing him back, assuming another team doesn't go crazy with an offer sheet.
Apr 29 - 9:04 PM

Mike Conley said the No. 1 goal for the Grizzlies is to get Chandler Parsons (knee) healthy.

"Chandler Parsons is a major piece. We can't overlook that," Conley said. After getting the max, Parsons played just 34 games at just 19.9 minutes per outing with the Grizzlies. His injuries led to some fellow NBA players calling him out on Twitter for his contract not exactly looking great. Parsons will be coming at a heavy discount next year in drafts.
Apr 28 - 2:39 PM

Unrestricted free agent Zach Randolph said his goal is to stay with the Grizzlies next season.

After Z-Bo hopped around on four different teams from 2007 to 2009, he's been with the Grizzlies since 2009. Randolph's style play has become part of the culture in Memphis and he's very active in the community. He also has a good rapport with coach David Fizdale, so the 35-year-old big man is likely staying put. He won't be worth drafting in standard leagues next season.
Apr 28 - 2:36 PM

Unrestricted free agent Tony Allen (calf) is confident he will stay in Memphis next season.

"I'm not trying to break the bank," Allen said. In other words, it sounds like Allen is willing to give a hometown discount. Up until the last game of the year, Allen was fairly healthy this season with 71 games played. His calf string in the regular-season finale cost him a playoff run, but he'll be healthy before summer.
Apr 28 - 2:29 PM

Vince Carter said he wants to keep playing and staying in Memphis is up to the Grizzlies.

"It's a pleasure coming to work here with the fans, atmosphere," Carter said. He's a free agent and is 40 years old, but he did show he can still play with 12 points in 32 minutes during Game 6. If Chandler Parsons (knee) can stay on the court, Carter likely wouldn't play too much in Memphis.
Apr 28 - 2:26 PM

Mike Conley scored 26 points during a season-ending 103-96 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding two rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

Even in a loss, Conley's star shined as bright as ever during this series. Coach David Fizdale said he would open up Conley's game as a scorer and he did just that, averaging 24.7 points per game in efficient fashion. After Conley turned in top-15 value in fantasy during the 2017 portion of the regular season, he'll enter his age-30 season with a ton of momentum after an injury-plagued run in his previous two seasons.
Apr 28 - 12:40 AM

Marc Gasol scored 18 points with five rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 45 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

The Grizzlies did get away from the heavy usage of Gasol in the post in the last two games, but the Spurs were able to make an adjustment to limit him with more physicality. Coach David Fizdale played Gasol a whopping 41.4 minutes per game in the last five games, and Gasol's minutes held steady at 34.2 per game during his 74 regular season outings. Considering the major concerns about his foot fracture heading into this season, this year was a win for Gasol, especially with how he added some 3-point shooting. He's 32, but his style of play should translate for a few more years.
Apr 28 - 12:35 AM

Zach Randolph played 38 minutes in the starting lineup during a loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds, one block and two turnovers.

After Randolph played just 24.5 minutes per game in the regular season, coach David Fizdale leaned heavily on his guy a ton during this series with 32 minutes per game. Randolph is going to be a free agent this summer, but the Grizzlies have to be a heavy favorite to bring him back. He may even have a statue outside of FedEx Forum one day.
Apr 28 - 12:35 AM

Vince Carter scored 12 points in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He had the unenviable task of guarding Kawhi Leonard for some key minutes and had a big steal against him. Carter is 40 years old, but he showed he still has plenty left in the tank. Carter is a first-ballot Hall of Fame player as one of the league's best players over the last two decades.
Apr 28 - 12:33 AM

James Ennis started on Tuesday and had 11 points, four boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes of a Game 5 loss to the Spurs.

Ennis was solid tonight, but not solid enough to be counted upon in fantasy leagues. He was able to play through a sore knee and is putting up decent numbers in the absence of Tony Allen (calf), but the Grizzlies will likely need more than Ennis has to offer if they're going to be able to beat the Spurs in a seven-game series.
Apr 25 - 11:53 PM

Marc Gasol hit 6-of-12 shots for 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, zero steals, zero blocks and zero 3-pointers in 41 minutes in Tuesday's Game 5 116-103 loss to the Spurs.

Gasol has been good for plenty of 3-pointers and blocked shots this season, but they weren't there tonight against San Antonio. He had 12 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in his previous game, a Grizzlies win, but didn't quite have it in this one. The Grizzlies will be looking for him to be on top of his game on Thursday, but if Gasol isn't rolling, along with Mike Conley, the Grizzlies' season could be ending that night.
Apr 25 - 11:50 PM

Mike Conley hit 10-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 26 points, two rebounds, six dimes, four steals and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's 116-103 loss to the Spurs.

The Spurs took a 3-2 lead tonight with Game 6 set to take place at Memphis on Thursday night. Conley has finally been playing up to his massive contract in these playoffs, averaging 27.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his last four games. He'll have to bring his A game on Thursday at home to force a Game 7 in San Antonio on Saturday, but the odds are stacked against the Grizzlies advancing out of this series, despite Conley's heroic play of late.
Apr 25 - 11:45 PM

Marc Gasol hit a game-winning 12-foot runner with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to beat the Spurs 110-108 on Saturday, finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one block, seven turnovers and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes.

It was a very difficult shot over LaMarcus Aldridge to earn the win in one of the best games you'll see in the next two months (video in link below). Gasol did look a step slow for most of this game and seven turnovers is very unusual for him. Coach David Fizdale has clearly hitched his wagon to Gasol and is likely going to ask him to play 40 minutes every night when garbage time isn't a factor. Considering how much Mike Conley dominated, the Spurs may focus more on limiting him, which may open things up for Gasol.
Apr 23 - 12:06 AM

Mike Conley scored a playoff career-high 35 points during a thrilling 110-108 overtime victory over the Spurs in Game 4 on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

Maybe his contract was a bargain after all. Conley just continues to cause defensive breakdowns, including a beautiful drive with five seconds left in regulation to send this one to overtime. As you might expect, coach David Fizdale had some thoughts about his guy. "I don't think we'll be talking about how much money he makes anymore," Fizdale said. Conley always gets the "underrated" tag, but his fantasy owners know that Conley has been absolutely crushing for months. We have a series and Game 5 will break this 2-2 tie on Tuesday.
Apr 23 - 12:04 AM


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