July 8, 2020, 5:40 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
In an interview with Evan Barnes of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Brandon Clarke confirmed that he has recovered from his right quad injury by stating, "over these past five to six weeks, I've gotten back to the player that I was. I feel like I'm pretty much the same health that I was pre-injury."
All of the news coming out of the Grizzlies' camp is positive with a fully healthy squad heading to Orlando. Clarke had an excellent rookie season prior to the injury as he posted 104/80 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues and will likely improve upon those numbers as he continues to hone his craft.
Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal
July 2, 2020, 12:39 pmJontay PorterC, Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said that rookie Jontay Porter may be available for games in the Orlando bubble.
Porter missed the entire 2018-19 college season after suffering a knee injury and hasn't suited up as a pro, so if he accompanies the Grizzlies to Orlando it'll be more for the experience than actual playing time. His college numbers were intriguing but Porter is only of consequence in deep dynasty formats for now.
Source: Daily Memphian
July 2, 2020, 12:34 pmGrayson AllenSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Grayson Allen (left hip) may be able to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando.
Allen has been sidelined with left hip soreness since leaving a game in late January, and his ailment would've ended his season had things finished as scheduled. While he hasn't received the all-clear yet, the Grizzlies will evaluate him after he gets through some practices in the Orlando bubble. He's unlikely to play much even if he can, as the Grizzlies currently boast a fully healthy roster.
Source: Daily Memphian
July 1, 2020, 7:21 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Head coach Taylor Jenkins told the media that they are "looking good, feeling good" in regards to the health of Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), Brandon Clarke (right quad) and Justise Winslow (back soreness).
Jackson and Clarke missed nine and eight games respectively prior to the shutdown while Winslow has yet to play a game for the Grizzlies due to an ongoing back injury. This appears to be great news for the young team as they will be at full strength when the league does resume. Clarke and Jackson definitely have fantasy appeal as they both finished inside the top-80 on the season. Winslow has potential but he is the riskiest of the three based on a brand new situation and the back injury that has caused him to miss 53 games so far this season. It is probably best to avoid Winslow for the league resumption and re-evaluate his fantasy value prior to the 2020-21 campaign.
Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter
June 23, 2020, 10:03 pmAnthony TolliverPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Anthony Tolliver's deal with the Grizzlies for the remainder of the season is now official.
Tolliver was in the middle of a 10-day contract (beginning March 11) with the Grizzlies when the league was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team has decided to bring Tolliver aboard the rest of the way, much like the Clippers will reportedly do with Joakim Noah. Tolliver is well respected across the league for his presence in the locker room and the Grizzlies stand to benefit from his services when the league resumes next month in Orlando.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
June 21, 2020, 8:18 pmJustise WinslowSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Justise Winslow voiced his worries about resuming games as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
While Winslow acknowledged the NBA is taking the threat seriously in preparing for the return to action, he is finding it difficult to get past the magnitude of the risk involved. He also said he wants to be out there, but it sounds like he will be weighing the pros and cons right up till the June 24 deadline for players to decide if they want to join the bubble in Orlando.
Source: NBA on Twitter
June 20, 2020, 12:09 pmAnthony TolliverPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Anthony Tolliver, whose 10-day contract expired on March 11, is likely to sign with the Grizzlies according to Marc Stein.
Tolliver was last with the Grizzlies and they were likely to sign him to another contract anyway, but Stein is reporting that several teams are interested. The stretch four is widely acknowledged as a good teammate and better guy, and he'll be a valuable presence in a young Memphis locker room as they try to secure a postseason spot.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
May 17, 2020, 7:43 pmAnthony TolliverPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Anthony Tolliver, who is a member of the NBA Players Association Executive Committee, shared that the players are seeking to return to action and receive their money as soon as it is feasible.
Tolliver is part of the 12-man Executive Committee, and he has a good pulse on the Player Association's overall perspective as a result. This is another indicator that the players want to make basketball games happen as soon as it is safe to do so. Tolliver noted that the owners are also interested in securing as much money as possible, and with so much at stake, that should incentivize all parties to end the suspension of play.
Source: KSTP Sports
March 24, 2020, 4:30 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year award, according to a new ESPN poll.
The poll consists of national and international reporters as well as a mixture of local beat writers from across the league. Ja Morant wound up garnering all 70 first-place votes. Morant has been leading the pack all year, but Zion Williamson started to make things interesting since making his debut, albeit in only 19 games. Morant, who has appeared in 59 games, is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 assists while leading Memphis to a potential playoff berth.
March 24, 2020, 4:19 pmJustise WinslowSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Teammate Dillon Brooks hinted that before the season was abruptly suspended, Justise Winslow (back) was going to enter the Grizzlies starting lineup.
Winslow was gearing up to make his Grizzlies debut right as the season hit a pause. There was speculation as to what his role and minutes would look like when he did return to the court, so this is an interesting note from the team's starting shooting guard. With more time to get his conditioning back up to par, Winslow could potentially be looking at a full workload as the team's starting small forward when/if the season resumes.
Source: The Athletic
March 11, 2020, 8:17 pmJustise WinslowSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Justise Winslow (back soreness) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Blazers.
Winslow has only played 11 games this season and will likely be eased in slowly. The Grizzlies are deep at the wing positions and Winslow will likely have to fight for minutes even when he is at full strength. Winslow is outside the top-250 in his small sample size this season and can be left on the waiver wire until he can string together a few good games. His return could impact Josh Jackson and De'Anthony Melton.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 8:11 pmDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks (groin soreness) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Blazers.
Brooks is a top-175 player on the season but is outside the top-325 over the past month. Brooks is averaging 15.3 points with 2.0 threes on .349 shooting over the past month. He can be streamed for points if you don't care about field goal percentage, but it's tough to hold him even in 14-team leagues recently. De'Anthony Melton would be the big winner if Brooks sits out. Josh Jackson and Tyus Jones would likely absorb the rest of Brooks' minutes if he sits out.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 12:28 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas continued his run of dominance on Tuesday, dropping 27 points (9-of-10 FG) and adding 16 boards in 35 minutes in a 120-115 loss to the Magic.
He only missed one shot tonight and even added two defensive stats (one block, one steal). Valanciunas can comfortably be slotted in as a starting center in all fantasy formats and should be entrenched in lineups throughout the fantasy playoffs. He is averaging nearly 18 points and over 16 rebounds per game over the past two weeks. He can really gobble up the boards.
March 11, 2020, 12:22 amJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant put up 21 points, five assists and four rebounds on Tuesday in a loss to the Magic, playing 25 minutes and finishing 7-of-16 from the floor and 1-for-5 from deep.
Morant is somewhat of a handcuff in shallower leagues, as he posts consistent production but hardly ever has the "big game" that fantasy GMs covet. He is fun to employ on your fantasy roster simply because of his highlight-reel plays and the hype he has (rightfully) received. However, his value has slipped outside the top-125 and that puts him on the fringes in 12-team leagues. Keep utilizing him if you have him.
March 11, 2020, 12:15 amDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks had 21 points (7-of-16 FG, 4-of-7 3PT) in 33 minutes of play on Tuesday vs. the Magic, adding an assist and a steal.
Brooks has really fallen off since providing top-100 value earlier in the season, in part because he offers nothing besides points, a couple of rebounds and some 3-pointers on a nightly basis. Don't be tempted by his 20-point efforts as they frequently tend to disguise his empty stat lines.