Dec 13, 2014 3:49 PM EST
Ray Allen — the most coveted NBA free agent on the market — has heard from far beyond just five teams to consider, including interest from the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told RealGM.
Allen’s agent, Jim Tanner, confirmed the wide range of interest on Saturday and added that the 6-foot-5 shooting guard has no timetable to make a decision on his playing future.
Despite a report on Saturday that he was choosing between the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors, Allen has not yet reached the stage to decide on any team. Memphis has gone 18-4 this season and has an open roster spot that could be used toward securing another shooter to the rotation.
Earlier in the week, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 in Oakland that his team has contacted Allen to gauge interest in signing with the franchise. Nearly every team with contending aspirations is believed to have reached out to Allen and his agent Tanner.
Over an 18-year NBA career, Allen, 39, has built a Hall of Fame run while playing for Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston and Miami. Allen has averaged 18.9 points for his career and is the league’s all-time leader in three-point shots made at 2,973.
Allen averaged 9.6 points in 73 games for the Heat last season. In Game 6 of the 2013 series against the Spurs, Allen knocked down one of the most critical shots in NBA Finals history.
Dec 08, 2014 7:16 PM EST
The Memphis Grizzlies recalled Jordan Adams from the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy.
Adams began his second assignment with Iowa on Nov. 25.
Adams (6-5, 209) has averaged 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds on .422 shooting in 30.0 minutes in four games for Iowa, including three double-digit scoring efforts. The 20-year old has recorded 1.5 points and 1.3 assists in 10.3 minutes through four appearances for the Grizzlies this season.
Dec 08, 2014 8:14 AM EST
The Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in trading for Kosta Koufos, according to sources.
The Cavaliers are well aware landing a quality big man likely depends on selling on potential trade partners to take back Dion Waiters.
Koufos is an unrestricted free agent next summer. His camp has made it known to Grizzlies management that it has less than pleased with the limited role carved out for the 7-footer over the past two season, according to sources.
Dec 05, 2014 2:55 PM EST
The New York Knicks don't believe they have a very good chance of signing Marc Gasol in free agency, according to a source.
The Knicks will prioritize finding a center in the offseason with the team not expected to keep any of its current options apart from possibly Cole Aldrich.
Gasol is having a career season with the Memphis Grizzlies, who can pay him an extra season on his new contract.
Dec 05, 2014 1:02 PM EST
Marc Gasol will play on Friday for the Memphis Grizzlies against the San Antonio Spurs despite a knee injury.
"I'm ready to go," Gasol said after the Grizzlies' morning shootaround. "We'll get back to playing the way we play."
MRI results revealed that Gasol suffered a right knee bone bruise Wednesday night during a loss at Houston.
"You never want to go down. You always want to keep playing," Gasol said. "I don't know what the big deal is. We wanted to make sure nothing was wrong with it. Nothing is wrong with it so now we move on."
Dec 05, 2014 11:04 AM EST
The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to make a trade between Dec. 15 and Jan. 10 with their trade exception, according to Brian Windhorst.
One target for the Cavaliers is Tayshaun Prince of the Memphis Grizzlies.
"I've heard there's been interest from the Cavs in Tayshaun Prince, who's fallen out of the rotation in Memphis," said Windhorst.
Dec 04, 2014 4:06 PM EST
Marc Gasol has a bone bruise in his right knee and is questionable for Friday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Grizzlies announced the injury update Thursday.
Gasol hurt his knee Wednesday night in a 105-96 loss at Houston, and he wound up tying his season-low with eight points. He had an MRI exam on Thursday.
Dec 04, 2014 1:16 PM EST
Mike Miller hoped to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies after the season after averaging 7.1 points in 82 games for the team last season.
“I thought I was going to finish my career there,” Miller said. “I really did. I was happy there. I wanted to play another three, four years, [and I] thought I could get that done in Memphis.”
Instead, the Grizzlies pursued and signed Vince Carter in free agency, which essentially took away Miller’s roster spot.
Miller then joined LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Dec 02, 2014 1:20 PM EST
Marc Gasol will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and has already been speculated about as a possibility with the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs.
Zach Randolph hopes this is not Gasol's last season with the Memphis Grizzlies.
"I always tell him, 'Man you're the best center in the game, the best big man in the game. Dwight Howard ain't better than you — he just blocks more shots than you. You're the best center in the game,' " Randolph said. "It's about winning, and about the big fella coming back, because everybody knows that all the teams are loading up to get him.
"I say a little bit to him (about free agency). I mean we're the best 1-2 big men in the league (as far as a) four and five together. You've always got to explore your options, and he's been in Memphis (a long time). ... You worry (about him leaving), but then again it's a business too. I understand that. He understands that."
The Grizzlies are optimistic about re-signing Gasol.
"I think at the end of the season, we're going to sit down and put the cards on the table and see where everybody stands," said Gasol, who could sign a five-year, maximum-salary deal with the Grizzlies but can only get four-year deals elsewhere. "I've been pretty open with everybody always, and they've been pretty open with me, and I respect that. We're both straight shooters, and we'l see where everybody wants to be at and we'll make a decision, but I don't see how that effects now because it doesn't help.
"I really don't want it to be a distraction in there with my teammates because it's just not fair for them. I don't think it's fair. It's me, and if it doesn't bother me, it shouldn't bother anybody. If it's not a big deal for me, it shouldn't be a big deal for anybody."
Dec 01, 2014 9:55 PM EST
The Memphis Grizzlies re-assigned rookie forward/center Jarnell Stokes to the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ exclusive D-League affiliate.
During his first assignment in Iowa, Stokes posted 13 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes in an exhibition on Nov. 8 vs. Sioux Falls, which was played in Memphis at FedExForum. He was recalled from Iowa on Nov. 10. The 20-year-old has totaled eight points and seven rebounds on 3-of-3 shooting in 21 minutes through six appearances for the Grizzlies this season.
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