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Grizzlies To Own D-League Team In Mississippi

Jan 23, 2017 6:04 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies will own and operate an expansion NBA Development League franchise locally starting next season.

There is no name yet for the affiliate that will play a 24-game home schedule in the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi. The Grizzlies were previously affiliated with the Iowa Energy. That franchise is joining forces with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“This allows us to best develop our future Grizzlies players,” Chris Wallace told the team’s site.

“It’s a complete game-changer,” John Hollinger, Grizzlies executive vice president of basketball operations, told Grizzlies.com. “Our affiliation with Iowa has been very effective for several years, both in terms of player development and basketball ops to both cities. To operate our own D-League team in your backyard — the direct access to the development process of our player talent — makes the process so much more efficient.”

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Marc Gasol Sprains Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Jan 1, 2017 11:58 AM

Marc Gasol is day-to-day after injuring his ankle in Saturday's win over the Sacramento Kings.

Gasol rolled his ankle while going for a loose ball and quickly departed for the locker room. It was diagnosed as a sprained ankle, and X-rays were negative.

"It hurts, but it's not broken,'' Gasol said. "It's tender right now, so we will take it day-to-day, just like always."

Gasol missed a significant number of games last season after he broke his right foot in February.

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Mike Conley Could Return From Back Injury Three Weeks Early

Dec 15, 2016 4:31 PM

Mike Conley Jr. could return this weekend as he's made remarkable progress in healing a transverse process fracture in the vertebrae.

Conley was initially expected to be out six weeks but he's close to returning in under three weeks.

The Grizzlies have posted a 7-2 record without Conley since the injury.

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Marc Gasol, LeBron James Named NBA Players Of The Week

Dec 12, 2016 3:18 PM

LeBron James and Marc Gasol have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

In four games this past week, James led the Cavaliers to the best record in the Eastern Conference at 4-0 after he averaged an NBA-high 32.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.25 steals in 38.5 minutes. He shot .585 from the field and .409 from the three-point line. 

Gasol averaged 27.3 points, 10 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the Grizzlies.

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Grizzlies Extend Contracts Of Chris Wallace, John Hollinger, Ed Stefanski

Dec 8, 2016 4:46 PM

Memphis Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera announced that General Manager Chris Wallace, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger and Executive Vice President of Player Personnel Ed Stefanski have been signed to multi-year extensions with the organization.

“I am pleased to announce that our Basketball Operations executive team, led by General Manager, Chris Wallace, will continue to lead our franchise for years to come,” Pera said. “Chris, John and Ed bring a wealth of NBA experience and success, and have done a tremendous job establishing the strong culture that I believe is necessary to ensure sustained success in this ultra-competitive environment. More importantly, I am confident that the toughness, resilience, discipline and unselfishness that are embedded in the fabric of our culture will continue to serve as a point of pride for Memphis, the surrounding region and all Grizzlies fans.”

Wallace joined the Grizzlies as general manager and vice president of basketball operations on June 18, 2007 and assembled much of the talent that has helped guide the franchise to a club-record six consecutive playoff appearances.

Hollinger joined the organization as vice president of basketball operations on Dec. 13, 2012. Best known for his work at the forefront of basketball's analytics movement, Hollinger holds a prominent role in more traditional basketball functions such as scouting and medical support, while his analytics background is vital in analyzing personnel decisions such as trades, draft, free agency and salary cap management. In addition, Hollinger oversees the Grizzlies’ analytics infrastructure and international scouting.

Stefanski joined the Grizzlies as executive vice president of player personnel on July 30, 2014, bringing to Memphis his well-earned reputation league-wide as an excellent evaluator of talent following management positions at the highest levels with the New Jersey Nets (1999-2007), Philadelphia 76ers (2007-11) and Toronto Raptors (2011-13).

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Grizzlies Sign Toney Douglas

Dec 5, 2016 1:51 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Toney Douglas with their injury hardship exemption.

Douglas was with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the preseason.

Last season, Douglas played in 61 games for the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 20.7 minutes per game.

The Grizzlies will be without Mike Conley for several weeks.

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Mike Conley Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Vertebrae

Nov 29, 2016 1:40 PM

Mike Conley has suffered a transverse process fracture in the vertebrae and will be out indefinitely.

Conley signed a new five-year, $153 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies in the offseason.

Conley was averaging 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game for the Grizzlies to begin the 16-17 season with a career high PER of 23.7.

Conley was limited to 56 games in 15-16 due to an Achilles injury.

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Chandler Parsons Out Two Weeks With Bone Bruise In Left Knee

Nov 20, 2016 7:19 PM

Chandler Parsons will miss up to the next two weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Parsons recently returned from his surgically repaired right knee.

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced Parsons will miss Monday's game at Charlotte.

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Chandler Parsons Would Have Accepted 'A Lot Less' Than $98M From Mavs

Nov 18, 2016 11:14 AM

The Dallas Mavericks' front office was unanimous that a long-term commitment to Chandler Parsons would be a poor business decision due to his knee problems.

There also were locker room concerns with Parsons, though they were described as "forgivable, fixable things." The primary concern was Parsons' close relationship with Mark Cuban and that he possessed so much power in personnel matters.

Parsons and Cuban quickly became close after he signed a three-year, $46 million offer sheet. Parsons and Cuban would go out together occasionally both during the season and in the offseason.

"We're boys. We're friends," Parsons tells ESPN. "Yeah, he was the owner of the team, but I didn't look at him any differently [than other friends]. We did stuff. We enjoyed similar activities off the court. We were friends hanging out."

Parsons became a go-to resource on personnel matters, proposing one move after another, some of which became reality. Parsons pitched Cuban on letting go of Monta Ellis, who clashed with Parsons and go all-in on recruiting DeAndre Jordan.

Parsons contends Cuban told him consistently after the 16-17 regular season that they would be able to agree upon a long-term deal.

"Throughout the whole process going into free agency, I always thought Dallas was going to be the place," Parsons said. "I thought we had a mutual understanding that I was going to be there for the whole time and I was going to retire a Mav. Obviously, the second surgery gave him a little doubt, and I believe some people got in his head about it."

Cuban simply shook his head when asked about that account.

Parsons and Cuban continued to discuss personnel moves, such as pursuing Hassan Whiteside and Harrison Barnes. Cuban later pushed hard for Parsons to opt in for the final season of his contract, which would have paid $6 million less than his max. Parsons could then sign a five-year deal with the cap even higher in the 2017 offseason, but that would have required him staying healthy for a whole season.

Parsons told ESPN he would have accepted a four-year deal for "a lot less" than the max of $98 million the Mavs could have given him.

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Brandan Wright Likely Out Two Months

Nov 16, 2016 3:16 PM

Brandan Wright underwent a successful arthroscopic debridement of his left ankle Tuesday afternoon after non-surgical interventions failed to eliminate his posterior tibialis tendinopathy.

The procedure was performed at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis and Wright will begin rehabilitation in Memphis immediately. There is currently no official timetable for his return to the court and further updates will be provided when appropriate.

Wright is likely two months away from returning game action.

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Bucks, Grizzlies, Mavs No Longer Staying At Trump Hotels
Seven other NBA teams are still currently scheduled to stay at Trump-branded properties this season.

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Chandler Parsons Was Close To Signing With Blazers, 'Went With Heart' Choosing Memphis
Chandler Parsons was offered a four-year, $94.7 million contract in free agency by both the Grizzlies and Blazers.

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Chandler Parsons To Make Grizzlies' Debut On Sunday
Chandler Parsons is coming back from another knee surgery.

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Grizzlies Exercise 17-18 Option On Jarell Martin
Jarell Martin competed in 27 regular season games during his rookie season and averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes for Memphis.

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Kings Waive Jordan Farmar, Isaiah Cousins, Lamar Patterson
Jordan Farmar ended last season for Dave Joerger and the Grizzlies.

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Marc Gasol Not Concerned By Sore Ankle
Marc Gasol underwent surgery last February to repair a non-displaced Type II fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot.

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Dunc'd On: Memphis Grizzlies Season Outlook w/ Chris Herrington
Chris Herrington joins Nate Duncan to discuss the Grizzlies.

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Mario Chalmers Has One Month Remaining In Achilles Rehab
Mario Chalmers has received interest from a number of teams who are monitoring his progress.

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Vince Hunter Agrees To Deal With Grizzlies
Vince Hunter went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft following two seasons at the University of Texas-El Paso.

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Tony Wroten Waived By Grizzlies
Tony Wroten appeared in one preseason game with Memphis.

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Grizzlies To Move Zach Randolph To Bench Role
The Grizzlies will move Zach Randolph to a bench role this season under David Fizdale.

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks
Host Danny Leroux, Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated and Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer break down the Southwest Division.

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Lance Stephenson Agrees To Deal With Pelicans
Lance Stephenson has been a free agent after the Grizzlies declined their team option on his contract.

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Vince Carter Hopes To Play Two More Seasons
Vince Carter says he keeps playing at the age of 39 for the "love for the game."

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Grizzlies Tried To Sign Milos Teodosic In 2013
Milos Teodosic elected to sign a contract instead with CSKA Moscow that has one more season remaining.

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Grizzlies Sign Wayne Selden Jr., D.J. Stephens, Troy Williams, Tony Wroten
The Grizzlies have signed four players for training camp.

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Lance Stephenson May Have To Find Deal Overseas
Lance Stephenson averaged 14.2 points per game in 26 games with the Grizzlies but they didn't pick up their team option.

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Troy Williams Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Grizzlies
Troy Williams played for the Suns in Summer League, averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 22.2 minutes per game.

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D.J. Stephens, Grizzlies Agree To Two-Year Partially Guaranteed Deal
D.J. Stephens played for the Grizzlies' Summer League team.

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Marc Gasol Won't Play For Spain In Olympics
Spain has won the Silver in each of the past two Olympics.

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