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Grizzlies Agree To Sign Myke Henry To Two-Way Deal

Jan 13, 2018 6:24 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to sign Myke Henry to a two-way contract.

Henry has been playing for the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.

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Mike Conley: Everything Has Flipped After Beginning Season With So Much Optimism

Jan 5, 2018 3:52 PM

Mike Conley Jr. was asked for his opinion on the state of the Memphis Grizzlies now that they've struggled during the 17-18 season and fired David Fizdale.

"It’s different, man," said Conley. "At the beginning of the season we had so much optimism with how it started. Now, everything has been flipped. It’s been a 180 [-degree turn] with the way we’ve been playing, the coaching changes and things like that. It’s different, but we have to keep plugging away."

Conley was also asked how he took the firing of Fizdale.

"It was tough, man. He did a lot for each individual guy. He did a lot for me and my game. There is nothing new that has not been already said about him. But he’s a great guy, and we just wish him the best."

Marc Gasol was widely blamed for Fizdale's firing and Conley was asked if he spoke with his longtime Memphis teammate about it.

"We talked. I think Marc’s intentions are solely about the team. He didn’t want any of this to happen. I didn’t think so. It was also frustrating for all of us. It was tough for Marc, myself and probably the older guys on the team who have built this foundation to see the state that we are in."

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Marc Gasol: My Job Is Not Allowing Anyone To Throw Away Season

Dec 20, 2017 10:06 AM

Marc Gasol spoke with reporters for approximately 70 minutes on Monday.

The main question was whether Gasol might ask for a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies.

“If everything changes with the franchise and they say look, we want you to not play this amount of games or we want you to rest and we’re going to sit down Mike (Conley) or whatever," said Gasol. "If everything changes. Their goal right now, and what the team wants to accomplish, is that they want to win. And that hasn’t changed. My commitment to that will not change.”

Gasol is taking it upon himself to make sure this season doesn't become a lost cause.

"In my mind, my job is not allowing that to happen. My job is not allowing anyone to throw away the season. Because I’m 32, 33 next month. I don’t have the season to throw away. I don’t have the luxury. I’m not 23 or 24, where I can just say, well, next year will be better. I have a sense of urgency and a desire to win. Obviously, when your career gets past 10 years, and with the foot injury that I had a couple of years ago, you know that at any time this may be it. I hope that through the next five or six weeks, to the [All Star] break, that the situation is going to have completely changed and we are a much more consistent team going forward, because that will mean that you’re not going to ask me that question."

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Marc Gasol Contends He Won't Ask For Trade From Grizzlies

Dec 13, 2017 11:39 AM

Marc Gasol contends he will never ask for a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies regardless of how badly the team may fall off.

While the Grizzlies have been one of the NBA's most consistent playoff teams during Gasol's tenure, they have fallen off so far in 17-18.

"I have a responsibility to this city," Gasol said. "I'm not gonna quit, no matter what." 

Gasol was asked whether that would stay the same if the Grizzlies fell 30 games under .500.

"I would want to see how we got there -- what the process is," Gasol said.

"But as long as [owner] Robert [Pera] wants me here, my teammates want me here, they think I'm part of the solution -- and not part of the problem -- that's all I need." 

Gasol is due $24.1 million due in 18-19 and $25.6 million on a player option in 19-20.

If the Grizzlies approach him with a trade, however, Gasol would accept it.

"If they think it is best, I would do anything for this franchise," Gasol said.

While sources say there was real tension between Gasol and David Fizdale, Gasol still denies he asked for Fizdale to be fired.

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Grizzlies Continue To Believe Window Open With Marc Gasol, Mike Conley

Dec 13, 2017 11:34 AM

While the Memphis Grizzlies have struggled this season, the front office continues to like their chances to compete with their core of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr.

"We think our window is still very much open with Mike and Marc," Chris Wallace, the team's GM, told ESPN.com during a recent sit-down in New York. 

"I think we'll be heard from the rest of this year, and in years to come," Wallace reiterated on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies have struggled to put young supporting players in place around Gasol and Conley.

"It remains to be seen," Wallace said when asked if any of their young players can become rotation players. "I'm not trying to evade the question. I learned a long time ago not to rush to judgment on young players."

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Grizzlies Hire Greg Buckner As Assistant Coach

Dec 8, 2017 6:46 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Greg Buckner as an assistant coach on Grizzlies interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s staff. 

Buckner joins the Grizzlies with five years of coaching experience (2011-16) with the Houston Rockets, where he served alongside Bickerstaff for two seasons as an assistant coach (2014-16) following three seasons as a player development coach (2011-14).

Selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (53rd overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft, Buckner appeared in 570 career games (117 starts) and averaged 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists with the Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies. Regarded as an outstanding defensive player, Buckner helped his teams reach the postseason in six of his 10 NBA seasons. His playing career also included a stint with the Grand Rapids Hoops (1998-99) of the Continental Basketball Association.

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Grizzlies' Minority Owners Exercise Buy-Sell Provision

Nov 30, 2017 5:25 PM

Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus exercised their buy-sell provision in their ownership agreement of the Memphis Grizzlies with Robert Pera.

Kaplan and Straus are minority owners with Pera the controlling owner.

Pera will have to decide whether to buy out Kaplan and/or Straus to keep control of the team or sell his shares at the set price and remove himself from the ownership group.

Pera was forced to bring on Kaplan and Straus after his Ubiquiti Networks tech company took a significant plunge. Pera's net worth has since recovered and more than doubled since purchasing the Grizzlies.

Pera is rarely in Memphis to attend games and his level of involvement with the franchise has drawn questions.

Sources say Pera's absentee approach has led to tension with minority owners. 

Kaplan attempted to buy the Wolves from Glen Taylor but that deal fell through. Kaplan also was outbid for the Hawks in 2015.

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Issues Between David Fizdale, Grizzlies Extended Beyond Current Season

Nov 30, 2017 3:00 PM

Several players on the Memphis Grizzlies reportedly didn't like David Fizdale as a coach as much as many outsiders assumed.

"The Grizzlies are like a Hollywood set," a person familiar with the team's dynamics told Bleacher Report. "A lot of facade and nothing behind it."

Fizdale pushed his longstanding disharmony with Marc Gasol into the public with his fourth quarter benching on Sunday. Fizdale was fired on Monday.

"What it came down to was, he wanted to win the battle: me or Marc Gasol?" the person told B/R. "Well, they let him know who."

The Grizzlies have an ownership situation that needs to be resolved and there has been frequent changes of their head coaches with first Lionel Hollins then Dave Joerger and now Fizdale.

"Gasol had been chafing for a long time," a person familiar with the player's thinking told B/R. "He had two pretty good coaches in Dave and Lionel, and he felt this guy was a little bit of a [phony]."

The issues with Fizdale reportedly extended beyond Gasol.

"It got really nasty," the person familiar with the team dynamics said. "It wasn't this week, and it wasn't just Gasol. This has been going on overlapping from last year, too."

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GM: Grizzlies Have No Plans To Trade Marc Gasol, Mike Conley

Nov 30, 2017 10:45 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies have no plans to trade Marc Gasol or Mike Conley.

"We have no intention to trade Marc," Chris Wallace told ESPN. "We never seriously considered that at all. We never placed any calls to any teams in that regard. So that's not happening.

"It's not just Marc that this whole equation is about. It's also Mike Conley, when he comes back. We've got two guys among the elite in the league at their respective positions that are still very much in their window with an awful lot of tread left on their tires."

The Grizzlies have been on a losing streak and fired David Fizdale this week.

Wallace remains optimistic that the Grizzlies can compete for a playoff berth this season.

"We're full speed ahead," Wallace said. "We've been in the playoffs seven years in a row. We've got a team when fully healthy and we get everything together is more athletic, more versatile and more potent offensively than we've had for a number of years. Even though the going has been a little difficult early, there's still 62 [games] to play. We believe in this team. We're hoping -- got our fingers crossed -- that we'll get everybody healthy soon.

"Our expectation always is to be a playoff team and have a chance to do some things when we get in there. We're behind in the standings right now, but it's a long way to go. When we get our guys back, I think we'll surge."

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Marc Gasol Was 'Shocked' By Grizzlies' Decision To Fire David Fizdale

Nov 29, 2017 11:40 AM

Marc Gasol insisted that he didn't speak out against David Fizdale to management to demand his firing as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Gasol was benched for the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies' loss on Sunday to the Nets and Fizdale was fired the next day. Gasol and Fizdale had a strained working relationship.

“No,” Gasol said. “Not at all.”

Fizdale was in his second season as head coach of Memphis.

“Nobody likes to see a coaching change during the season,” Gasol said. “I was a little bit shocked by it.”

Gasol said he only spoke with Robert Pera after the decision had been made.

“I found out (about the Fizdale firing) from Robert,” Gasol said. “They called me after the decision was made to let me know the direction they were going.

“Nobody likes to be in the situation we’re in. And we were not finding a way to win collectively. We were breaking apart. Me and David didn’t see everything eye-to-eye all the time. But we both had the same intentions of making the team a collective, really strong unit. We couldn’t find a way to do that.”

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Grizzlies Have Rejected Marc Gasol Trade Inquiries
Marc Gasol can become a free agent in 2019 and the Grizzlies appear to be on the verge of a rebuild.

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Marc Gasol, David Fizdale Had Tension Throughout Tenure
The Grizzlies fired David Fizdale one day after he benched Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of a loss to the Nets.

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Grizzlies Fire David Fizdale
The Grizzlies have fired David Fizdale.

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Marc Gasol Upset Following Fourth Quarter Benching
David Fizdale said he wasn’t trying to send a message to Marc Gasol with his benching.

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Mike Conley Out At Least Two Weeks With Heel, Achilles Issue
Mike Conley will undergo therapy and treatment to help promote healing and alleviate soreness.

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Myles Turner Out With Concussion, Sore Neck
Myles Turner will miss at least the next two games.

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JaMychal Green Out Several Weeks With Left Ankle Sprain
JaMychal Green suffered the injury in the Grizzlies' opening night win.

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Chandler Parsons Finds Booing From Memphis Crowd 'Tasteless'
Chandler Parsons is prepared to treat home games like road games if he's still booed by Grizzlies' fans.

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Grizzlies To Trade Or Waive Wade Baldwin
Wade Baldwin was the 17th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Grizzlies To Retire Tony Allen's No. 9 Jersey
Tony Allen was signed by the Grizzlies in 2010.

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JaMychal Green, Grizzlies Finalizing Two-Year, $17M Deal
JaMychal Green had until Sunday to accept the Grizzlies' qualifying offer.

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JaMychal Green, Grizzlies Not Close To Long-Term Deal
JaMychal Green has until Sunday to accept the $2.8 million qualifying offer from the Grizzlies.

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Chandler Parsons Feels 'Completely Different' After Offseason Training
Because Chandler Parsons didn't have to go through the same type of extensive rehab as he had in the previous two summers, he could focus on training.

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Marc Gasol Remains Happy With Grizzlies
Marc Gasol revealed he speaks regularly with majority owner Robert Pera.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Suns Acquire Troy Daniels From Grizzlies
The Grizzlies will send a top-55 protected second round pick in 2018 as part of the deal.

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Ivan Rabb, Grizzlies Close To Three-Year Deal
Ivan Rabb was the 35th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Cal.

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Jonathan Tjarks, Rob Mahoney
Host Danny Leroux, Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated go in-depth on the NBA’s Southwest Division.

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Tony Allen Finalizing Deal With Pelicans
Tony Allen has spent the past seven seasons with the Grizzlies.

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Grizzlies Still Consider Marc Gasol, Mike Conley 'Untouchable'
The Grizzlies will continue to build around Marc Gasol and Mike Conley over the long-term.

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