• The Memphis Grizzlies are getting proactive in hopes of retaining their point guard.

    The team debuted a slick video (at 11:11, no less) that talks about what Conley means to Memphis basketball and how his All Heart aura fits into the team’s mythos.

    Conley is a free agent this summer, and while he’s been connected to several teams including the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis will try its damnedest to keep the Ohio State product in the fold. While these types of publicity moves don’t mean too much basketball wise, it has to be cool to be the subject of a video that has your teammates and friends speak glowingly about you. A Justin Timberlake cameo is probably alright too.

    The video features comments from Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen pertaining to Conley’s importance to the city and franchise. If nothing else, it serves as a nice reminder of all the things the foundation of the Grizzlies roster has accomplished together.

    With a new coach and franchise centerpiece Marc Gasol returning from a devastating injury, the Grizzlies will be faced with some fascinating decisions that will have a massive impact on the team’s short and long term future. Losing Conley would probably necessitate a rebuild in Memphis, which would be a shame considering the achievements and personality of the Grit and Grind Grizzlies.

    The fact that these types of videos are coming out means that free agency is upon us, even though no contracts can be signed until Friday. The recruiting season is about to begin in earnest, so giddy up.

Fantasy News

  • Andre Drummond - C - Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond double-doubled with 15 points and 12 rebounds in addition to three assists and one steal in Monday's series finale vs. the Bucks.

    Drummond made just 7-of-16 field goals as he was blocked at the rim multiple times and struggled to drop it in even when he wasn't. Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo didn't make it easy on him tonight, but Drummond did have a strong season that shouldn't be forgotten as next season's fantasy drafts roll around.

  • Luke Kennard - G - Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard came off the bench on Monday night and scored just 11 points with one triple in 32 minutes.

    Kennard had a pair of four-trey games to start the series, but he was mostly invisible in this one. There's still reason for optimism when Kennard enters his third season with the Pistons, especially if he can secure a consistant starting role.

  • Langston Galloway - G - Detroit Pistons

    Langston Galloway was very active as he compiled 10 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and two threes in 32 minutes off the bench on Monday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Pistons alive.

    Galloway's spark helped the Pistons hold the lead for majority of the game, but the Bucks eventually outplayed them to complete the series sweep. He'll be back with the Pistons and likely won't be much more than an occasional threes streamer in standard leagues once again.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo went for a playoff career-high 41 (12-for-23 FGs, 15-for-20 FTs) points vs. the Pistons in Monday's 127-104 Game 4 victory.

    Giannis was everywhere tonight as the Bucks completed the Round 1 sweep. He blocked four shots, had nine boards, dished out three assists, had a steal and hit two triples in his 32 minutes to go with the big scoring total. The Pistons had the lead for the majority of the game, but Antetokounmpo and company's superior talent, shooting and aggressiveness won out down the stretch.

  • Khris Middleton - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Khris Middleton had 18 points (5-of-11 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes as the Bucks completed their sweep of the Pistons on Monday night.

    Middleton had a good series, averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.8 threes. The Bucks will likely need him to keep it up as the competition heats up in Round 2 vs. the Celtics.

  • Sterling Brown - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Sterling Brown grabbed a game-high 13 boards to go with nine points, six assists and a steal in 27 minutes in Monday's win over the Pistons.

    Brown didn't put up the flashiest stat lines in this series, but this was a great one. Malcolm Brogdon (right foot plantar fascia) is likely to return at some point in the next series against the Celtics, so Brown is probably headed back to the bench shortly.

  • Eric Bledsoe - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Eric Bledsoe had a well-rounded line with 16 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and one three in 28 minutes in Monday's Game 4 win over the Pistons.

    Bledsoe shot 7-of-12 in this closeout game while providing a steady veteran presence. For the series, he averaged over 19 points, four rebounds, five assists and exactly two steals. Bledsoe's defense will be tested in Round 2 against Kyrie Irving and the Celtics.

  • Nikola Mirotic - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Nikola Mirotic sank three triples on his way to scoring 12 points for the second game in a row in Monday's Game 4 against the Pistons.

    Mirotic is still rounding into form and he's not doing much beyond hitting threes, but he should be able to contribute more in the next series as he gets his wind back.

  • Brook Lopez - C - Milwaukee Bucks

    Brook Lopez (back) briefly went to the locker room before re-entering the game in the second half of Monday night's Game 4 vs. the Pistons.

    Lopez ended up with five big blocks, seven points, five rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes in the closeout game. His numbers in the series were similar to his regular season stats, but he increased his blocks to 3.5 per game. He'll have another tough challenge in Round 2 when Al Horford comes to town.

    Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter

  • Luke Walton - Team - Sacramento Kings

    As reported on TMZ, a lawsuit shows that Luke Walton is being sued for sexually assaulting a woman in his hotel room in May of 2017.

    Walton recently signed on to be the new coach of the Sacramento Kings. We will follow the story to see how it plays out and if it has any ramifications that affect his availability to coach the Kings.

    Source: TMZ.com