Grizzlies Rumors & News

  • Mitchell, Simmons Voted Unanimous All-Rookie First Teamers

    SLAM Online "Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Sixers guard Ben Simmons were voted as unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selections, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Celtics wing Jayson Tatum would have been unanimous First-Team, if not for one Second-Team..." May 22

  • NBA playoffs mired in worst pre-Finals competitive-game drought ever

    Pro Basketball Talk "Exciting games. Clutch plays. Close finishes. Remember those? The NBA playoffs have hit a lull. It has been 11 days since the last game decided by fewer than 10 points. Longer competitive-game droughts have occurred – though not many, and never before..." May 22

  • Keith Smarts expected departure will leave an opening for Grizzlies

    Yardbarker "Grizzlies assistant Keith Smart is expected to become a top assistant on David Fizdale’s staff with the Knicks, tweets ESPN’s Ian Begley. Smart was an assistant with Fizdale for two years in Miami and came to Memphis with him when he was hired as head coach in 2016. Smart,..." May 19

  • Grizzlies To Explore Trading No. 4 Pick?

    Hoops Rumors "The buzz at this week’s draft combine in Chicago suggests that the Grizzlies are a prime candidate to trade a high pick next month, according to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. Deveney hears that the Grizzlies’ preference would be to move up to No. 1 or No. 2 to grab one of..." May 18

  • 2018 NBA Draft Picks By Team

    Hoops Rumors "While the Sixers were knocked out of the 2018 playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the underdog Celtics, few teams are better positioned in this year’s draft than Philadelphia. The 76ers own six of the 60 picks in the 2018 NBA draft, including a pair of..." May 17

  • NBA Owners To Gain From Legalized Sports Betting, Players Could Be Next

    Hoops Rumors "New Jersey is expected to offer sports bets by the end of the month and many states will likely open up their own shops in the coming months. It’s a huge win for the gambling community and those in the gaming industry, but it’s also a huge win for owners of NBA..." May 16

  • Here Are The Odds For Every Team (And Every Pick) In The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery

    Dime Magazine "The 2018 NBA Draft order will finally be set on Tuesday night when the league completes its annual Draft Lottery to determine who gets the first 14 picks of the first round. The Phoenix Suns hold the top spot in the lottery, earning themselves a 25 percent at landing the top pick, but..." May 15

  • David Fizdale Takes Responsibility For Issues With Marc Gasol

    Real GM Basketball "Mike Conley Jr. was caught in the middle between David Fizdale and Marc Gasol as he had a strong relationship with both. Last offseason, Fizdale flew to Europe to try to repair the relationship with Gasol. Gasol was not interested in a reconciliation. Gasol's close relationship with Robert Pera..." May 08

  • David Fizdale To Marc Gasol: You Want Popovich, I Want LeBron

    Real GM Basketball "After a loss in his first season with the Grizzlies, David Fizdale went around the locker room asking each player if they believed he could win a title. Fizdale said that they didn't belong on the Grizzlies if they lacked belief. "No," said Marc Gasol. "We don't have the right leader." "I..." May 07

  • Inside story of what went wrong for Fizdale in Memphis

    New York Daily News "David Fizdale is a rare case of a coach emerging from a firing as the clear victor, with both his money and reputation in place. Not only did Fizdale escape that uncomfortable rebuild in Memphis, the 43-year-old resurfaced as, perhaps, the hottest coaching candidate in an offseason full of..." May 05

  • Grizzlies To Hire Chad Forcier As Lead Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "The Memphis Grizzlies are finalizing deal to hire Chad Forcier as their lead assistant coach on the staff of J.B. Bickerstaff. " May 04

  • The Grizzlies Have Officially Named J.B. Bickerstaff As Head Coach

    Dime Magazine "Three NBA teams fired their coach in the middle of the season, leaving an interim head coach in charge in Phoenix, Milwaukee, and Memphis. While the Suns recently ruled Jay Triano out as a head coaching candidate and the Bucks are expected to look for an upgrade for Joe Prunty, J.B. Bickerstaff..." May 01

  • J.B. Bickerstaff agrees on 3-year deal as Grizzlies head coach

    ESPN "The Memphis Grizzlies reached agreement with J.B. Bickerstaff on a three-year contract to become the franchise's head coach, league sources told ESPN. Bickerstaff coached the final 63 games of the regular season as the Grizzlies' interim head coach, while often limited in personnel. He replaced..." April 27

  • Grizzlies To Retain J.B. Bickerstaff As Head Coach?

    Hoops Rumors "As our 2018 NBA Head Coaching Search Tracker demonstrates, there has been little to no news regarding the Grizzlies’ search for a new head man. Moreover, Memphis hasn’t been linked to any new coaching candidates. But as reported by Real GM, Marc Stein of The New York Times recently stated on..." April 26

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • 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