• The Memphis Grizzlies are somewhat of an oddity in today’s pace and space NBA. They rely primarily on Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph to generate buckets from the mid-range and paint. Their hard-nosed, bruising style was a staple of the ‘Grit and Grind’ era of Grizzlies basketball. Although the team was swept aside by the San Antonio juggernaut, this year’s outfit has nothing to be ashamed of.

    Ravaged by the injury bug, Memphis used a veritable skeleton crew in the season’s stretch run. Unheralded young players like Xavier Munford, JaMychal Green and Jarell Martin combined forces with veteran castoffs like Jordan Farmar, Chris Andersen and Lance Stephenson to drag the team across the finish line.

    While the games were rarely pretty, it’s a testament to coach Dave Joerger and the steadying presence of players like Zach Randolph and Tony Allen that the team qualified for postseason play for the 6th straight season. Memphis now turns its attention to point guard Mike Conley’s impending free agency.

    On Monday, ESPN reported that Conley’s ideal situation would be returning to Memphis, though he wants to know how Memphis will continue winning before signing a long-term deal with the team.

    “We need to be committed to doing the things, whatever it may be and however hard the decision may be, to do the right things in order to get us where we need to go,” said the Ohio State product during the team’s exit interviews.

    The Grizzlies are at a crossroads. Their commitment to low-post play stands out in a league that is looking for 3-point shooters and versatile ball-handling big men. Their old school approach has paid off in the past, though it appears this group may have hit its glass ceiling. Whether or not Conley returns will be the organization’s major storyline this offseason and there’s little doubt he will have many suitors.

    This summer presents the front office with a huge opportunity to change the franchise’s basketball philosophy going forward, though whether they shift gears or march on is mere speculation at this point. While Conley’s future is uncertain the Grindfather himself, Tony Allen, delivered his recruiting pitch as only Tony Allen can:

    The Grizzlies will be looking to lock up their point guard and try to prop the championship window open a little while longer. Unfortunately, with or without Conley, we may have already seen the peak of Grit and Grind.

Fantasy News

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) isn't on the injury report for Thursday.

    Rozier sat out the final game before the break but is good to go for tomorrow. Get him back in your lineups.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kevon Looney
    PF-C, Golden State Warriors

    Kevon Looney (left hip) is not on Thursday's injury report.

    Looney has been limited to 11.7 mpg and just 15 games on the season due to persistent injuries. He might find his way into the starting five by the end of the year but fantasy GMs can definitely take a wait-and-see approach with this one.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • De'Andre Hunter
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    De'Andre Hunter (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Thursday's game.

    Hunter dealt with a left ankle sprain prior to the All-Star break so hopefully this one is more minor. The youngster should get more minutes as the season wraps up but is looking like a late-round option at best this season. He's an upside flier but not a must-own guy in standard formats.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter

  • Cody Martin
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Martin (concussion protocol, nasal surgery) is not on the injury report for Thursday.

    Martin suffered a broken nose and missed three games, but the All-Star break came at the right time and minimized his absence. With the Hornets opening up minutes for younger players down the stretch, Martin is someone to keep an eye on in deeper formats.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon (left leg contusion) is questionable to play on Thursday against the Warriors.

    Gordon missed the two games leading into the All-Star break, so hopefully he's able to suit up tomorrow. He has a shot at late-round value in Houston's new all-wing rotation, though you can steer clear unless you need points and threes.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Alex Len
    C, Sacramento Kings

    Alex Len (right hip flexor) is questionable ahead of Thursday's game.

    Len has been out since late January and perhaps the All-Star break was enough to get him ready to play. He'll have a chance at minutes while Richaun Holmes is still sidelined, but it would take a surprising workload to make Len a priority add in even 16-team leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • George Hill
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    George Hill (left hamstring strain) is not on the injury report for Thursday's game.

    Hill had missed the previous seven games before the All-Star break but should be good to go tomorrow. He's a deep-league option and is the rare point guard who is actually a boost to efficiency.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kyle Korver
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kyle Korver (back soreness) will not play on Thursday.

    Korver's been on and off the injury report all year long and isn't a fantasy option in just about any format.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • John Beilein
    , Cleveland Cavaliers

    John Beilein has officially resigned as the head coach of the Cavs.

    Beilein is walking away just months into a five-year deal, with his tumultuous tenure making it painfully clear that the Cavs have plenty of problems to work through. He had serious troubles connecting to the Cavs, with squabbles erupting all over the place, even down to the terminology of his playbook. Beilein has been given a different role in the organization while JB Bickerstaff will take over the coaching job.

    Source: Cleveland Cavaliers on Twitter

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) did not practice on Wednesday and will miss some upcoming games.

    No word on how long Towns will be out, but fantasy GMs have to be sweating after KAT already missed a big chunk of time with a nebulous injury earlier in the year. Naz Reid and James Johnson split the center minutes when Towns sat before the All-Star break and look to be your pickups of choice. There's no guarantee that either holds 12-team value but both are worthwhile fliers, with Johnson's game more well-rounded.

    Source: Chris Hine on Twitter