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The Memphis Grizzlies turn down Lance Stephenson’s player option

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 28 June 2016 at 2:53 am

The Memphis Grizzlies have turned down their player option on 25-year old SG/SF Lance Stephenson valued at $9.4 million bucks.  Stephenson played in 26 games (3 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 26.6 minutes, 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.  Stephenson played in 69 games (13 starts) overall last year for the Clippers and Grizzlies in which he averaged 19.9 minutes, 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  He has now played in 340 games (189 starts) in his first six years in the NBA and he is averaging 25.1 minutes, 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.  Turning down Stephenson’s option saves the Grizzlies $9.4 million bucks in salary cap space.

The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed Tony Wroten off waivers

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 27 June 2016 at 1:57 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed 23-year old point guard Tony Wroten off waivers from the New York Knicks.  Wroten played in 8 games (3 starts) for the 76ers last year and he averaged 18.0 minutes, 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.  He has now played in 145 games (34 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 21.2 minutes, 11.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.  This is the Grizzlies getting some insurance in case Mike Conley leaves them in free agency.

UPDATE:  (7/12/2016) – The Grizzlies have waived Tony Wroten.

UPDATE II:  (8/8/2016) – The Grizzlies have re-signed Tony Wroten.

The Memphis Grizzlies picked Wang Zhelin in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 2:55 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies selected center Wang Zhelin out of China with the #57 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  Zhelin is 22 years old and he is 7’0″, 243 pounds.  Zhelin played in 8 games (6 starts) in China last year and he averaged 23.7 minutes, 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  He has now played in 111 games (104 starts) in his four years in China and he is averaging 37.0 minutes, 20.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocked shots per game.  If you are going to pick a draft and stash prospect, why not one that is over 7 feet tall?  I like this pick for the Grizzlies, as they are taking a flier on a guy with a huge upside!

The Memphis Grizzlies picked Wade Baldwin in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 2:51 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies selected point guard Wade Baldwin out of Vanderbilt with the #17 overall pick (1st round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  Baldwin is 6’3″, 195 pounds.  Baldwin played in 33 games at Vanderbilt last year and he averaged 30.4 minutes, 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  He played in 68 games in his two years at Vandy and he averaged 29.6 minutes, 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Baldwin shot 43.1% from the floor, 42.2% from three point range and 80% from the free throw line in college.  This pick was made with Mike Conley in mind.  If the Grizzlies can re-sign Conley, then Baldwin is his backup.  If they can’t re-sign Conley, then Baldwin replaces him in the starting lineup.  I like this pick for the Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies acquired two second round picks from the Boston Celtics on draft night

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 2:36 am

The Memphis Grizzlies acquired the #31 (2nd round) and the #35 (2nd round) picks from the Boston Celtics on draft night for the 2019 first round pick that initially belonged to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Grizzlies used the #31 pick on power forward Deyonta Davis of Michigan State.  Davis is a big guy at 6’10”, 245 pounds.  Davis played in 35 games at Michigan State last year as a freshman and he averaged 18.6 minutes, 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game.  Davis shot 59.8% from the floor, but only 60.5% from the free throw line last year.  Davis was thought of to be a cinch to be a first round pick in this draft, so I love this pick for the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies used the #35 pick on draft and stash 20-year old small forward Rade Zagorac from Serbia.  Zagorac is 6’7″, 181 pounds.  He played in 26 games (18 starts) overseas last year and he averaged 28.4 minutes, 13.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game.  Zagorac has now played in 104 games (83 starts) in his first five years overseas and he is averaging 27.4 minutes, 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Don’t expect to see Zagorac playing for the Grizzlies any time soon.

The Memphis Grizzlies will probably be cautiously aggressive in free agency

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 1:05 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies will likely be cautiously aggressive in free agency.  Here are three guys I think they will target this summer:

1. Jeremy Lin, PG – Lin would come at about half the price of Mike Conley, allowing the Grizzlies to sign more players this summer.

2. Eric Gordon, SG – Gordon is more than a little injury prone, which could cause his price tag to drop.  Make no mistake though, he can play!

3. Evan Turner, SG/SF – Turner has the kind of versatility that the Grizzlies covet.

 

The Memphis Grizzlies have 6 free agents heading into this summer

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 12:53 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies have 6 free agents heading into the summer!  Point guard Mike Conley could get a max deal or close to one this summer, and I wouldn’t give him that kind of money if I were running the Grizzlies.  He’s just not good enough to get paid like that, period!  Small forward Matt Barnes was a good fit for the Grizzlies last year and they should consider bringing him back, as long as the price is right.  PG Jordan Farmar, SG P.J. Hairston and C Ryan Hollins are not guys the Grizzlies should consider bringing back, as they are just taking up roster space.  PG Bryce Cotton is a restricted free agent and I think they could go either way with him.  I would not be shocked if the Grizzlies let all six of these guys walk this summer.

The Memphis Grizzlies hire David Fizdale to be their next head coach

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Coaching,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 5:24 am

The Memphis Grizzlies have given 41-year old David Fizdale a 4-year, $16 million dollar deal to be their new head coach.  Fizdale has been an assistant coach for the Miami Heat for the last 8 years, so he helped them win two NBA Title Rings!  He also was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors (2003-2004) and the Atlanta Hawks (2004-2008).  But, he has never been a head coach in the NBA.  The Grizzlies are taking a risk here with this hire, but they like Fizdale.

Tony Allen is named to the All Defense Second Team

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 1:17 pm

34-year old SG/SF Tony Allen has been named to the All Defense Second Team.  Allen played in 64 games (57 starts) for the Grizzlies in 2015-16 and he averaged 25.3 minutes, 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.3 blocked shots per game.  Allen is the ace of the defense for the Memphis Grizzlies, as he is often pitted against the best offensive player for the opposing team on a night to night basis.  Allen has now played in 391 games (293 starts) in his first six years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 24.7 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 blocked shots per game.  Allen is currently #2 in Grizzlies’ history in steals with 681 of them.  Allen is also #10 in games played (391), #10 in offensive rebounds (575) and #9 in blocked shots (188) in Grizzlies’ history.

The Memphis Grizzlies have fired head coach Dave Joerger

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Coaching,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 7 May 2016 at 9:56 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies have fired 42-year old head coach Dave Joerger.  Joerger was seeking to interview with other teams, so the Grizzlies obliged by firing him!  Joerger led the Grizzlies to a 42-40 (.512) during the regular season, despite a roster depleted due to big time injuries to key players.  They then got swept in the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs.  Joerger was 147-99 (59.8%) during the regular season in his three years in charge of the Grizzlies and he was also 9-13 (40.9%) in the playoffs.  The Grizzlies will move fast to try to find a replacement for Joerger, who was a solid head coach for them.

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