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The Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Jon Leuer

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 12:28 pm

The Grizzlies have re-signed 24-year old power forward Jon Leuer to a 3-year, $3 million dollar deal.  Leuer played in 19 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 5.1 minutes, 1.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  Leuer played in 28 games (0 starts) overall last year for the Grizzlies and Cavaliers in which he averaged 6.7 minutes, 2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  He has now played in 74 games (12 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 10.0 minutes, 3.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.

The Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Tony Allen

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 12:25 pm

The Grizzlies have re-signed 31-year old shooting guard Tony Allen to a 4-year, $20 million dollar deal.  Allen played in 79 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 26.7 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  Allen has now played in 209 games (167 starts) in his first three years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 24.5 minutes, 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  Allen has now played in 545 games (249 starts) in his first 9 years in the NBA and he is averaging 20.8 minutes, 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  This was a good move for the Grizzlies as Allen really turns up the D on a nightly basis for them.

The Memphis Grizzlies could be on the hunt for a starting shooting guard this summer

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 1 July 2013 at 8:25 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies are likely going to be looking for a starting shooting guard this summer to replace Tony Allen (he’s likely leaving as a free agent).  The Grizzlies will likely be looking at the second tier of shooting guards, as the new owners have been watching every dollar they spend since taking over.  Here are three guys I see the Grizzlies having an interest in this summer:

J.J. Redick – Redick would be a nice offensive improvement over Tony Allen.  The Grizzlies could use some more juice offensively.

Nick Young – Nick Young is a solid offensive player, but he doesn’t do much else except shooting the ball.  He doesn’t like to rebound or pass much.

Randy Foye – Foye is a solid all-around guard that can never seem to find a long term home.  He is also a solid offensive player.

Jerryd Bayless opts in for the 2013-14 season to stay with the Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 1:13 pm

24-year old PG/SG Jerryd Bayless has opted in for the 2013-14 season and he will earn $3.14 million bucks.  Bayless played in 80 games (4 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 22.1 minutes, 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.  Bayless has now played in 309 games (40 starts) in his first five years in the NBA and he is averaging 19.2 minutes, 8.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.  The Grizzlies are probably really happy with Bayless’ decision as he is a really solid backup guard.

The Memphis Grizzlies acquire Kosta Koufos from the Nuggets

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 1:39 am

The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired 24-year old center Kosta Koufos from the Denver Nuggets for 25-year old power forward Darrell Arthur and the #55 overall pick (Joffrey Lauvergne) in last night’s NBA Draft.  Koufos played in 81 games (all starts) for the Nuggets last year and he averaged 22.4 minutes, 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.  Koufos has now played in 263 games (114 starts) in his first five years in the NBA and he is averaging 14.4 minutes, 5.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  He will definitely improve the play at the pivot for the Grizzlies in 2013-14, when Marc Gasol need a break.  The Grizzlies didn’t have a legit backup center in 2012-13.  Darrell Arthur played in 59 games (3 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 16.4 minutes, 6.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Arthur played in 247 games (77 starts) in his four years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 18.2 minutes, 6.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  I really like this deal for the Grizzlies as Koufos is a better player than Arthur is….plain and simple.

The Memphis Grizzlies picked Janis Timma in the 2nd round of the 2013 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 1:28 am

The Grizzlies took 20-year old small forward Janis Timma with the #60 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2013 NBA Draft.  Timma is 6’7″, 226 pounds.  Timma played in 19 games in the Baltic Basketball League last year and he averaged 23.9 minutes, 10.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  Timma was a stash pick and little more as he might never come state side to play in the NBA.

The Memphis Grizzlies picked Jamaal Franklin in the 2nd round of the 2013 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 1:21 am

The Memphis Grizzlies picked 21-year old shooting guard Jamaal Franklin out of San Diego State with the #41 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2013 NBA Draft.  Franklin is 6’5″, 205 pounds.  Franklin played in 32 games at San Diego State last year and he averaged 33.1 minutes, 16.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  He played in 85 games in his three years in college and he averaged 25.9 minutes, 13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Franklin shot 42.6% from the floor, 30.2% from three point range and 78% from the free throw line in college.  This was an excellent pick as many draft “experts” had Franklin getting picked at the bottom end of the first round.

The Memphis Grizzlies should have kept Kevin Love

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 8:16 pm

I don’t know how many people remember this, but the Grizzlies picked power forward Kevin Love with the #5 overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.  He was dealt on draft night to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and Mike Miller.  For that quartet, the Grizzlies got O.J. Mayo, Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and Marko Jaric from the T-Wolves.  Only Mayo really panned out for the Grizzlies out of the guys they got for Love.  Mayo played in 301 games (181 starts) in his four years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 32.8 minutes, 15.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Mayo is still #4 in three pointers made (477), #8 in steals (333) and #9 in points scored (4,584) in Grizzlies’ history.  Marko Jaric played in 53 games (0 starts) in his one year with the Grizzlies and he averaged 11.4 minutes, 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  Greg Buckner also only lasted one year with the Grizzlies, appearing in 63 games (0 starts) in which he averaged 13.9 minutes, 2.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Antoine Walker never played for the Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies hire Dave Joerger to be their new head coach

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Coaching,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 5:51 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies have hired 39-year old head coach Dave Joerger to be their new head coach.  Joerger will be getting his big shot to run the show in Memphis.  He was an assistant under the guy he is replacing, Lionel Hollins, from 2007-2013.  It will be interesting to see how Joerger handles the pressure of his new job as he disagreed quite a bit with Hollins over things.  Joerger is a defensive minded coach and he already likely has the respect of the players as he has already been working with them for quite a while.  The Grizzlies expect to keep winning, so Joerger will be under pressure right away in his first go around as an NBA head coach.

The Memphis Grizzlies have three picks in next month’s NBA Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 10:30 pm

The Grizzlies have three picks in next week’s NBA Draft.  Too bad they are all second round picks.  Rumors are flying that the Grizzlies are trying to buy a first round pick, so stay tuned.  In my mock draft found on bloglockers.com, I have the Grizzlies picking PG Myck Kabongo (#41 overall) out of Texas with their first pick.  Then I have them picking SG Alex Abrines (#55 overall) out of Spain and SF Livio Jean-Charles (#60 overall) out of French Guinana to stash for down the road.

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