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Lee: More Westbrook Shots Means Fewer For Durant

Russell Westbrook went 11-for-28 in a 105-111 Oklahoma City loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2.

The Grizzlies apparently prefer a high usage rate from Westbrook because it limits the number of opportunities Kevin Durant receives.

"We're fine with Westbrook taking shots, I mean, that's kinda what you want - the more shots he takes, the less Durant takes," said Courtney Lee.

Via Peter Edminston/Commercial Appeal

Durant Shooting 36 Percent Against Tony Allen

During the first two games of their first round series, Kevin Durant is 9-for-25 (36 percent) while being guarded by Tony Allen and 10-for-18 (55.5 percent) against everyone else on the Memphis Grizzlies.

Allen missed 27 games this season while recovering from a knee issue and appears to be healthier and faster.

Allen is especially adept at avoiding screens to stick with Durant.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Nick Calathes Suspended 20 Games For Supplement Use

Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for a violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug policy.

The suspension will begin immediately.

A source says Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, which was part of an over-the-counter athletic supplement he had used.

The NBA's lab results showed no traces of testosterone or PED in the supplement.

"There was no intent here," said a league source.

David Joerger and the Memphis Grizzlies will be without Calathes in the playoffs.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

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You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Steve Clifford, Dave Joerger Named NBA Coaches Of Month For April

Steve Clifford and Dave Joerger have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month for April.

Clifford guided the Charlotte Bobcats to a 7-1 record in April.

Joerger's Memphis Grizzlies went 6-2 in the month and secured the seventh seed in the West.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Pau Gasol Will Factor Winning Over Money; Bulls, Cavs, Bobcats, Grizzlies Expected To Pursue

Pau Gasol won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010 and knows what he will look for when making his free agency decision in July.

"I want to be in a team that is going to be built to win a championship," Gasol said. "That's my top priority. Money won't be the main priority. Length and money are factors, but we'll see. Until I know all the options, I won't be able to measure them. But we're getting close to the end of my career. I want to be in a good situation. It's an important decision to make."

The Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies are expected to be potential options for Gasol, according to a poll of NBA executives.

"There are a couple thoughts out there on Pau," said an Eastern Conference executive. "Some people say he is worn out, that he is too far past his prime to really help a contender. There are others that think that LA, that environment the past two season, that style of play has destroyed him and if he goes somewhere else, plays with a different coach, he might be rejuvenated. I could see someone who thinks the latter paying him $10 million a year."

Via Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Victor Oladipo, Nick Calathes Named Rookies Of The Month For February

Victor Oladipo and Nick Calathes have been named NBA Rookies of the Month for February.

Oladipo averaged 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game with a PER of 16.9 in February.

Calathes averaged 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game with a PER of 15.9 in the month.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Beno Udrih Claimed Off Waivers By Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed Beno Udrih off waivers.

The Grizzlies are in need of depth at point guard.

The New York Knicks agreed to a buyout of Udrih after the trade deadline.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lester Hudson Receives Inquiries From Grizzlies, Knicks, Clippers As Chinese Season Nears End

As an MVP-caliber season nears an end with Xinjiang in China, Lester Hudson has received inquiries from the Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers, looking into the guard’s availability, league sources told RealGM.

In helping take Xinjiang to the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs and leading the club to the second-best record in the league, Hudson is averaging 26 points, 7.6 rebounds and five assists. The CBA regular season concluded on Feb. 16, bringing a flurry of American players back to the free agency pool, but Hudson remained with his team in postseason play and will become available soon.

Hudson, a crafty 6-foot-3 guard, played for the Utah Jazz in training camp this season and averaged nearly five points on 45.5 percent three-point shooting over five preseason games. He also had been a focal point of the Los Angeles Lakers’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League.

In three NBA seasons, Hudson averaged 4.8 points and 1.3 assists. His best stretch came as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers to finish the 2011-12 season, when he scored 12.7 points per game and appeared to solidify himself as a rotation player.

Hudson went to the Boston Celtics with the 58th overall draft pick in 2009.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Memphis Grizzlies Archives

Grizzlies Pursuing Harrison Barnes

The Warriors are unlikely to trade Harrison Barnes unless it is for a significant piece.

Grizzlies Pursuing Budinger, Barea From Timberwolves For Prince, Allen

The Grizzlies have been trying hard to unload the contract of Tayshaun Prince.

Rodrigue Beaubois Receives Interest From Grizzlies, Wizards

Rodrigue Beaubois is fully healthy and will begin workouts with a handful of NBA teams next week.

Suns Inquired About Zach Randolph

The Suns have had a far better than expected season and have been interested in acquiring a veteran big.

Grizzlies Interested In Upgrading Small Forward

TayShaun Prince has undoubtedly struggled in his 12th NBA season.

Darius Morris Signs 10-Day Contract With Grizzlies

The Grizzlies have signed Darius Morris to a 10-day contract.

Kidd, Joerger Named Coaches Of The Month For January

Jason Kidd and David Joerger have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month for January.

Courtney Lee Praised For Spacing Floor, Grizzlies' Surge

Courtney Lee is shooting 55.6 percent from the field as a member of the Grizzlies.

Grizzlies Re-Assign Jamaal Franklin To Mad Ants

Jamaal Franklin has averaged 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.2 minutes in 14 appearances this season for the Grizzlies.

Seth Curry To Rejoin Santa Cruz Warriors

Seth Curry was asked by the Grizzlies to wait in town for three days after waiving him, but ultimately declined to sign him to a 10-day contract.

Seth Curry Waived By Grizzlies

Seth Curry made one appearance for the Grizzlies.

Celtics, Grizzlies Agree On Courtney Lee For Jerryd Bayless Trade

The Grizzlies can use the trade exception from the Rudy Gay deal to fit Courtney Lee into their salary structure.

Jamaal Franklin Assigned To Mad Ants

Jamaal Franklin has averaged 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.2 minutes in 14 appearances during his rookie season with Memphis.

Sources: Luol Deng Receiving Interest From Cavaliers, Mavericks, Lakers, Raptors, Spurs, Grizzlies, Nets

Luol Deng is already receiving interest from the Cavaliers, Mavericks, Lakers, Raptors, Spurs, Grizzlies and Nets among others, according to sources.

Zach Randolph Fined $25K By NBA For Criticism Of Officiating

Zach Randolph criticized officials after the Grizzlies' loss to the Rockets on Thursday.

Sources: Grizzlies Active In Trade Talks For Wing Athleticism

The Grizzlies are expected to try to retain Zach Randolph as a free agent.

Grizzlies To Sign Seth Curry

Seth Curry will arrive in Memphis on Monday.

Xavier Henry: Saving NBA Career Doesn't Happen In A Day

Xavier Henry is on a partially guaranteed one-year deal worth $884,293.

Grizzlies Sign James Johnson

James Johnson was a first round pick by the Bulls in 2009 out of Wake Forest.

McHale's 'Emotional' Message Pushed Casspi To Join Rockets

Omri Casspi added Kevin McHale's message to him served as a confidence booster.
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