Grizzlies Rumors & News

  • Grizzlies had to choose between Marc Gasol and David Fizdale

    Pro Basketball Talk "David Fizdale has been linked to most of the NBA’s head-coaching vacancies. He developed a legion of backers as lead a Heat assistant, and he did good things guiding the Grizzlies before they unexpectedly fired him. He deserves consideration. But he also must explain his fractured..." April 21

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace defends his record, vows quick turnaround

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Marc Gasol spoke and then Mike Conley followed as both franchise players tried to articulate their vision for the Grizzlies after missing the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. General manager Chris Wallace is now on the clock. Players spent Thursday morning reflecting on a..." April 13

  • Grizzlies Intend To Use Midlevel Exception To Re-Sign Tyreke Evans

    Real GM Basketball "The Memphis Grizzlies intend to use their mid-level exception to re-sign Tyreke Evans in the offseason. Evans signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Grizzlies in 2017 and outperformed that deal. " April 13

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Grizzlies owner Robert Pera will retain controlling interest of team following buy-sell process

    CBS Sports "As the Grizzlies lose games on the court there has been a battle for controlling interest of the franchise off of it. On Monday, majority owner Robert Pera announced to season-ticket holders that the Grizzlies' franchise will not be changing hands. A process known as the buy-sell clause required..." April 09

  • Grizzlies injury report a clear sign ‘Tank Wars’ still on

    Clutch Points "The Memphis Grizzlies put out their injury report this morning, announcing more than half of the roster was out of the lineup against the Minnesota Timberwolves in their penultimate game of the regular season. Gasol is the only player being rested, which is unlikely to have any consequences..." April 09

  • Grizzlies Sign Omari Johnson, Cut Marquis Teague

    Hoops Rumors "The Grizzlies have made a roster change today, announcing in a press release that they’ve signed forward Omari Johnson to a multiyear contract. To create an opening on the roster, Memphis has waived guard Marquis Teague. Johnson, 28, went undrafted out of Oregon State in 2011 and has played for..." April 06

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Grizzlies sign MarShon Brooks to 2-year guaranteed deal

    Clutch Points "With four games left in the regular season for the Memphis Grizzlies, the team decided that guard MarShon Brooks has shown them enough to warrant a bigger contract. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania, Memphis has rewarded Brooks’ play with an upgrade from his 10-day deal. Sources:..." April 06

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Grizzlies Sign Marquis Teague For Season

    Hoops Rumors "The Grizzlies have signed point guard Marquis Teague for the remainder of the 2017/18 season, the team announced today in a press release. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link) first reported the agreement. Teague had been on a 10-day contract with Memphis, which expired overnight on..." April 03

  • Memphis Grizzlies frozen by ownership uncertainty

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Will Marc Gasol be back next season? Will Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace be fired? Will J.B. Bickerstaff be retained as head coach? Will Jaxon Wexler remain as president of business operations? Should Memphis fans be worried about a move to Seattle in the future? I will..." April 02

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Grizzlies Expected To Sign MarShon Brooks To 10-Day Contract

    Hoops Rumors "The Grizzlies intend to sign guard MarShon Brooks to a 10-day contract, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). Brooks, a first-round pick in 2011, had a decent rookie season with the Nets, averaging 12.6 PPG and 3.6 RPG in 56 contests. However, his minutes were cut back the..." March 27

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Report: ‘Laughter and Joking’ in Grizzlies’ Locker Room After 61-Point Loss

    SLAM Online "Several Grizzlies players were reportedly laughing and joking in the locker room following Memphis’ 61-point loss to the Hornets on Thursday. According to the Commercial Appeal‘s Ronald Tillery, players didn’t appear to take the loss hard based on their “laughter and lack of hurt.”" March 23

  • Grizzlies' Minority Owners Value Franchise At $1B As Part Of Buy/Sell Clause

    Real GM Basketball "Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus have valued the Memphis Grizzlies at more than $1 billion as part of their buy/sell clause with controlling owner Robert Pera. Pera must decide whether he will sell his stake to Kaplan and Kraus at that valuation or buy them out at it. The majority of Pera's..." March 22

  • Grizzlies To Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Grizzlies have agreed to a deal with Briante Weber, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The contract will be a 10-day pact. Weber appeared in 13 games for the Rockets earlier this season, playing under a two-way deal. The point guard saw 118 minutes of action and..." March 13

  • Marc Gasol reaches milestone in Grizzlies’ 16th straight loss

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Less than five minutes expired in the opening quarter Friday night when Marc Gasol added another notch to his belt. The Grizzlies center fed Ben McLemore for an easy driving layup and later found rookie Dillon Brooks for a wide-open 3-pointer. With those two assists, Gasol joined a select group..." March 10

  • Marc Gasol Talks Losing Season, Goals, And Future

    Hoops Rumors "In a Q&A with the Commercial Appeal, veteran center Marc Gasol discussed an array of topics, including the Grizzlies‘ poor season, his goals for the rest of the year and looking ahead beyond 2017/18. Gasol is in his 10th NBA season and despite his usually solid numbers, it has not translated into..." March 10

  • Grizzlies cautious with Tyreke Evans’ recovery

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Grizzlies swingman Tyreke Evans returned to practice Thursday for a limited workout as he recovers from a rib injury. Evans didn’t accompany the Grizzlies on their recent three-game road trip. He won’t play Friday night when the Grizzlies try to snap an NBA-high 15-game losing streak with the..." March 09

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Report: Nuggets, Grizzlies changing color schemes

    Pro Basketball Talk "Behind Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets are transitioning into a new era. That’ll apparently include changing color schemes. Denver, already moving away from powder blue, will go nearly full throwback. The Grizzlies will also make a more subtle change." March 05

  • Pau Gasol says brother Marc Gasol 'should be upset’ with Grizzlies

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Pau Gasol is coming to the defense of his younger brother. The Grizzlies’ mounting losses and the overall direction of the franchise are unsettling for Marc Gasol, and Pau understands the frustration. “Of course, he’s upset. He should be upset,” Pau, a forward with the San Antonio Spurs,..." March 05

  • Grizzlies sign Canadian Rathan-Mayes to 10-day contract

    Sportsnet "The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Canadian guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes to a 10-day contract, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The native of Scarborough, Ont., has averaged 16.6 points, 7.2 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game in 39 contests with the G League’s Westchester Knicks this..." March 04

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Marc Gasol fed up with Grizzlies' struggles: 'This is the NBA, not the G League'

    CBS Sports "The Memphis Grizzlies have had a dramatic and disappointing season. After starting off 5-1 with a win over the Warriors and two wins over the Rockets, they seemed poised for another strong season with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley leading the way. That, however, turned out to be the high point of..." February 28

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

  • NBA Rumor: Grizzlies forward Tyreke Evans could consider Celtics over the summer

    Clutch Points "The Memphis Grizzlies held on to one of the biggest assets prior at the trade deadline in guard/forward Tyreke Evans, who has proven one of the very few shining points of this otherwise faulted season. Among the suitors for the much-coveted dynamo were the Boston Celtics, who reportedly wanted..." February 27

  • NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Never Been More Widespread

    Real GM Basketball "Multiple NBA executives believe the current season features one of the most widespread tanking efforts the league has seen to date. The combination of lottery reform set to begin next year and a top-heavy draft class featuring five to seven prospects has created an atmosphere where eight teams..." February 27

  • Tyreke Evans won't play against Celtics

    247 Sports "The Memphis Grizzlies will be without their leading scorer when they take on the Boston Celtics on Monday. Tyreke Evans took an elbow to the midsection against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday and left the game. On Monday, Evans won't play against the Boston Celtics due to that right rib..." February 26

  • Chandler Parsons, Marc Gasol got stuck in Miami elevator at 4 AM

    Larry Brown Sports "The Memphis Grizzlies are stuck near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and now they are getting stuck in other places too. In a post to his Instagram Story early on Saturday morning, Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons revealed that he was trapped in a hotel elevator in Miami with..." February 24

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." February 23

  • Grizzlies promise to ‘keep fighting’ for rest of the season

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Veteran Marc Gasol is as healthy as he’s been at this point in an NBA season. The center insists he’ll continue to push himself through a campaign that won’t include a playoff berth. The Grizzlies are seeing their younger players develop. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is showing passion,..." February 23

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • NBA Rumors: Grizzlies will try to re-sign Tyreke Evans for mid-level exception

    Clutch Points "The Memphis Grizzlies will take their best shot at re-signing forward Tyreke Evans this offseason, likely to offer him the mid-level exception, which should pay him north of $8.5 million, according to Chris Herrington of The Commercial Appeal. Evans was one of the most coveted players in the trade..." February 16