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Grizzlies Decline $9.4M Option On Lance Stephenson

Jun 27, 2016 6:37 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have declined their option on the contract of Lance Stephenson for the 16-17 season.

Stephenson was acquired by the Grizzlies from the Los Angeles Clippers at the deadline.

Memphis decided to let Stephenson become an unrestricted free agent to maximize their cap space as they work to retain Mike Conley.

The Grizzlies have some level of interest in re-signing Stephenson as well as from other teams.

In 26 games, he averaged 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.

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Tags: Lance Stephenson, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Claim Tony Wroten Off Waivers

Jun 26, 2016 4:41 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed Tony Wroten off waivers.

Wroten was released by the New York Knicks when they acquired Derrick Rose via trade.

Wroten signed with the Knicks towards the end of the season and did not appear in any games.

The Grizzlies drafted Wroten in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft out of Washington.

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Tags: Tony Wroten, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Celtics Acquire Clippers' 2019 1st Rounder From Grizzlies

Jun 23, 2016 10:59 PM

The Boston Celtics have traded the 31st and 35th overall picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for the draft rights to the Los Angeles Clippers' pick in 2019.

The Grizzlies acquired the Clippers' first rounder as part of the Jeff Green for Lance Stephenson trade.

Memphis selected Deyonta Davis out of Michigan State with the initial second round pick.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavericks Targeting Hassan Whiteside, Mike Conley As Top Priorities

Jun 23, 2016 5:01 PM

The Dallas Mavericks expect to be granted a meeting with Hassan Whiteside in the opening hours of free agency.

The Mavericks are targeting Whiteside and Mike Conley as they attempt to remain competitive in the final seasons of Dirk Nowitzki's career.

Whiteside and Conley are both expected to command maximum contracts, prices that sources say the Mavs are prepared to pay.

The Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs are among the teams that would interest Conley. Conley's interest in the Mavericks is in large part due to his respect for Rick Carlisle.

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Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Mike Conley, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Concerned About Mike Conley's Free Agency

Jun 14, 2016 8:39 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have grown concerned about the possibility of Mike Conley leaving in free agency.

Conley can sign up to a five-year, $124 million max contract with the Grizzlies, while rival teams can max him out on a four-year, $92 million deal.

The Grizzlies plan on using a video featuring part-owner Justin Timberlake as part of their recruiting pitch to Conley.

Marc Gasol re-signed with the Grizzlies last offseason and didn't even take meetings with rival clubs.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Keith Smart Joins Grizzlies As Assistant Coach

Jun 9, 2016 8:58 PM

Keith Smart will join David Fizdale's coaching staff with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Smart has been with the Miami Heat as an assistant coach over the past two seasons where he worked with Fizdale.

Smart was previously a head coach with the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.

The Grizzlies previously hired J.B. Bickerstaff and Nick Van Exel to Fizdale's staff.

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Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Vince Carter Wins 2016 Teammate Of The Year Award

Jun 9, 2016 11:18 AM

Vince Carter won the 2015-16 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award.

The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team.

Carter totaled 1,448 points from the players, including 65 first-place votes. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Garnett finished second with 916 points (39 first-place votes), and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh placed third with 799 points (18 first-place votes). Ten points were awarded for a first-place vote, seven for a second-place vote, five for a third, three for a fourth and one for a fifth.

Chauncey Billups, Shane Battier and Tim Duncan also previously won the award.

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J.B. Bickerstaff Agrees To Become Grizzlies' Associate Head Coach

Jun 2, 2016 6:25 PM

J.B. Bickerstaff and the Memphis Grizzlies have reached agreement for him to become associate head coach.

Bickerstaff also received strong interest from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bickerstaff became interim head coach of the Houston Rockets last November. 

The Grizzlies hired David Fizdale as head coach this offseason.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nick Van Exel Joins Grizzlies As Assistant Coach

Jun 2, 2016 1:14 PM

Nick Van Exel has accepted a position on the staff of David Fizdale with the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach.

Van Exel served as head coach of the Texas Legends of the D-League this past season.

Van Exel also spent several seasons with the Atlanta Hawks as a player-development coach.

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J.B. Bickerstaff Interviews With Grizzlies For Assistant Coach Job

May 29, 2016 1:19 PM

J.B. Bickerstaff reportedly interviewed with David Fizdale for an assistant coach position with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Bickerstaff is a longtime assistant coach in the NBA who was interim head coach for most of this past season with the Houston Rockets.

The Grizzlies hired Fizdale this week from the Miami Heat.

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David Fizdale Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Grizzlies
The Grizzlies like David Fizdale's pedigree coming from the Heat as well as tactical abilities and his strength in building relationships with players.

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Grizzlies Offer Head Coaching Job To David Fizdale
David Fizdale is currently an assistant coach with the Heat.

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David Fizdale Progresses To 2nd Round Of Interviews With Grizzlies
David Fizdale has progressed to an interview with Robert Pera after his first interview with the Grizzlies.

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Rockets To Interview James Borrego For Head Coaching Job
The Rockets have scheduled an interview for Monday with James Borrego.

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Grizzlies Impressed By James Borrego, David Fizdale With Vogel Likely Unavailable
The Grizzlies have been most impressed by James Borrego and David Fizdale among the other candidates they've interviewed beyond Frank Vogel.

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Magic Confident Of Deal With Frank Vogel
Orlando has been trying to decide between Frank Vogel and Adrian Griffin this week.

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Nate Tibbetts Interviews With Grizzlies
Nate Tibbetts is an assistant coach with the Blazers and was previously with the Cavaliers.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Grizzlies Receive Permission To Interview Nate Tibbetts
Nate Tibbetts has been an assistant coach with the Cavs and Blazers.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Grizzlies Receive Permission To Interview David Fizdale
David Fizdale has been a coaching candidate for several seasons.

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Patrick Ewing Interviews For Grizzlies' Job
Patrick Ewing has been an assistant coach with the Rockets, Magic and Hornets.

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Spurs To Pursue Mike Conley In Free Agency
Mike Conley is several years younger than Tony Parker, who remains signed with the team through the 17-18 season.

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Grizzlies Considering Rehiring Lionel Hollins
The Grizzlies didn't renew Lionel Hollins' contract after the 12-13 season and hired Dave Joerger, who was fired last week.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Dave Joerger Hired By Kings As Head Coach
Dave Joerger had a 147-99 record with the Grizzlies over three seasons.

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Grizzlies Have Vogel, Hornacek, Messina, Ewing, Tibbets, Fizdale On Coaching List
Memphis wants to transform its player-development program and find a coach wholl be a partner in rebuilding the roster around Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.

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Dave Joerger, Kings Moving Towards Deal
The framework of a deal is in place with a three-year, $4 million deal between Dave Joerger and the Kings.

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Dave Joerger Fired By Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have fired Dave Joerger.

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Jarell Martin To Undergo Surgery On Foot, Out For Season
Jarell Martin has appeared in each of Memphis' first two postseason games against San Antonio and averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23.0 minutes.

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Chris Wallace: Grizzlies Will Re-Sign Mike Conley
Chris Wallace is confident the Grizzlies will re-sign Mike Conley Jr., saying the franchise is "undefeated" in re-signing their core players.

Chris Vernon/ESPN Memphis

Matt Barnes: We're Coming To Gunfight With Some Spoons
Matt Barnes is 4-for-18 from the field so far in the series.

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Bryce Cotton Signs With Grizzlies For Remainder Of Season
Bryce Cotton has made three appearances for the Grizzlies since signing a 10-day contract on April 1.

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