Player News - Grizzlies

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J.B. Bickerstaff hinted that he'll be conservative with Marc Gasol's minutes' allotment this upcoming season.

"When we added some of the depth on our team, we don’t have to kill Mike [Conley] and Marc from a minutes perspective," said J.B. Bickerstaff. "Rather than getting into restrictions, their average minutes don’t have to be 36, 38 minutes to carry the team." Gasol averaged 33.0 minutes per game last season, but it sounds like Bickerstaff would like to trim off a few more minutes. He should still be able to contribute top-50 value, but there will be some health concerns with him entering his age-34 season.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 5:03 PM

Mike Conley has completely recovered from the left heel surgery and he'll be working without limitations at training camp.

"Right now he’s in full participation in everything we’re doing," Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "In training camp, our expectation is that he’s full go... We don’t have any expectation of Mike missing anything. As the season goes, we’ll keep an eye on him." Bickerstaff also noted that with the added depth at point guard he'll be able to better manage Conley's minutes, so it sounds like they want to keep him in the lower-30s this year.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 4:54 PM

Kyle Anderson said Mike Conley looked "good" and "game-ready" in a recent pickup game.

This is notable because it's the first confirmed report of Conley playing with contact since his surgery back in January. He's played 70 or fewer games in four straight seasons which has pushed his ADP to the middle rounds, but he does have a lot of appeal as a bounce-back candidate if the uncertainty in Memphis doesn't scare you.
Sep 17 - 8:10 PM

Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Chandler Parsons has been playing pick up with his teammates.

Parsons has appeared in just 70 of a possible 164 games since signing with the Grizzlies back in the summer of 2016. Bickerstaff is hopefull Parsons will be able to remain on the floor with greater consistency in 2018-19. "I think the hardest thing for him is battling with the injuries, and being in and being out, and then trying to catch a rhythm," said J.B. "The more games he plays, he’s proven, even last year in a short amount of time, when he played games in a row, he proved that he could be an effective player and he’s a talented basketball player. We just got to make sure he’s on the floor."
Sep 14 - 12:14 PM

Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said there is "no doubt" that Mike Conley will be ready for training camp.

Conley underwent surgery on his left heel back in January, but has been making solid progress since then. "Mike's been playing pick up, those types of things. For the first time in a long time, we’re looking at walking into training camp with healthy bodies and healthy, high caliber players," said Bickerstaff. Conley has a chance to significantly exceed his ADP this season if he can stay healthy.
Sep 13 - 10:55 AM

Dakari Johnson will sign a deal with the Qingdao Eagles in China.

He spent his first two years in the NBA with the Thunder, but he was mostly just a G-League player.
Source: Sportando
Sep 10 - 10:05 AM

Brandon Goodwin has signed a training camp deal with Memphis.

Goodwin averaged 10.5 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game on 40.2% shooting with the Grizzlies at Summer League. It's unlikely he'll last past camp.
Source: NBA
Sep 4 - 5:49 PM

Grizzlies waive C Dakari Johnson.

The deadline to waive and stretch players is today, so that explains the timing. Johnson has been traded two times already this summer, and he'll likely be getting a camp invite.
Aug 31 - 5:05 PM

Dillon Brooks said he thinks Kyle Anderson could be "running the show sometimes."

To put this into context, Brooks was asked about how he could fit next to Slow-Mo, so take this with a grain of salt. Based off his stellar summer-league experiences, Anderson has shown he has some ball-handling capabilities, but obviously he hasn't been a focal point in his NBA career. Regardless, he is one of the most intriguing fantasy targets in the second half of drafts.
Aug 31 - 2:26 PM

Grizzlies Executive VP of Basketball Operations John Hollinger hinted that Jaren Jackson Jr. will be brought along slowly in his rookie season.

"Whatever happens, we want it to happen organically and not get ahead of ourselves, and make sure we're taking all the right steps on him, and not getting too excited and skipping ahead," Hollinger said. He added that the Grizzlies "don't want to put him into overtly physical matchups yet because he's 18 and his body is still filling out." The Grizzlies are committed to playing two bigs, according to Peter Edmiston of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, so JJJ should still be the first big off the bench behind projected starters JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol. He has immense upside for his shot-blocking (14.3% block rate in college) and 3-point shooting, and we'd expect his role to grow steadily as the season progresses.
Aug 19 - 10:22 AM

Chandler Parsons is expected to be the third-string power forward for the Grizzlies, according to official team reporter Michael Wallace.

Yikes. That should put him behind JaMychal Green and Jaren Jackson Jr. Wallace adds that Parsons insists that his knees are in great shape, and an earlier report this summer said Parsons' knees are as good as they have been in three years. Either way, Parsons has some major work to do to earn minutes in the rotation.
Aug 18 - 7:19 PM

Jevon Carter underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on Tuesday.

He's expected to make a full recovery, and while the Grizzlies haven't yet offered up an official timetable for his return, this sort of injury typically involves a 6-8 week timetable. Carter won't be a factor in the rotation while the Grizzlies are at full strength.
Aug 14 - 3:27 PM

The Fujian Sturgeons of the CBA announced they have signed former NBA players Russ Smith and Andrew Nicholson.

Smith has established himself as a dominant force in the Chinese Basketball Association. At one point, he averaged over 70 points per contest during a four-game stretch. As a result, there was some buzz that Smith might head back to the States and sign with an NBA team. However, it appears he will remain in China for at least one more year.
Aug 11 - 1:27 PM

Grizzlies guard Jevon Carter is out indefinitely after suffering a ruptured ligament in his right thumb during a recent workout.

Carter reportedly got his thumb caught in the jersey of an opposing player during the workout, and the injury will require surgery. The Grizzlies will give a timeline regarding Carter's recovery after the procedure is completed. Depending upon how long Carter's sidelined the competition for minutes behind starter Mike Conley could be impacted, with Shelvin Mack and Andrew Harrison being the other options.
Aug 9 - 6:37 PM

Mario Chalmers has reportedly received interest from the Nets, Pelicans and Mavericks.

Chalmers is a serviceable backup point guard, so he should be able to sign a deal somewhere prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. That said, it's unlikely he'll find himself in a situation where he's a relevant name in fantasy hoops.
Aug 7 - 4:47 PM


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