August 18, 2019, 8:37 amDwight HowardC, Memphis Grizzlies
In the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins injury, one name the Lakers are considering is Dwight Howard, according to Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated.
Howard is still a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, but it is widely assumed that he will be waived before the season starts. A reunion in LA would certainly be pretty surprising for the Lakers after Howard famously did not resign with them after a miserable season playing with Kobe Bryant. Still, the Lakers need depth at the five and there really aren't any options on the market who compare to Howard's level of productivty, even at this stage of his career. Other center options the Lakers could pursue include Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried and Zaza Pachulia.
Source: Rohan Nadkarni on Twitter
August 3, 2019, 11:10 amYuta WatanabePG, Memphis Grizzlies
Yuta Watanabe has reportedly suffered a mild ankle sprain during World Cup training camp.
Watanabe was seen on crutches and there is no timetable yet so his status for the FIBA World Cup which begins on August 31 is unknown. He is currently on a two-way deal with the Grizzlies and was set to team up with rookie Rui Hachimura for Japan in the World Cup. Another update should come soon.
Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter
August 1, 2019, 12:15 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. has been added to the USA Basketball Select Team.
It means Jackson will be competing with the best of the best at Team USA training camp. It's a nice feather in his cap and he could be in for a monster year as the centerpiece of a rebuilding Grizzlies squad. Prior to getting shut down with a bruised thigh, JJJ averaged 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.9 triples. Expect him to come off draft boards in the middle rounds.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 31, 2019, 5:28 pmMarko GuduricG-F, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have officially signed Marko Gudurić to a two-year contact.
Gudurić has shown that he can shoot from distance while playing overseas. He will look to carve out a role off the bench for the young Grizzlies squad. Stay tuned early on in the season to see if the Serbian guard/forward shows enough to get rotation minutes. Marko will also likely play for the Serbian National team in the upcoming World Cup which will allow us another opportunity to see how he performs.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 10:08 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Josh Jackson appears to have dealt with his arrest at a Miami music festival this summer by reaching a plea deal that will keep him out of the courtroom.
The Miami State Attorney’s Office confirmed that Jackson agreed to complete some kind of pre-trial diversion program in exchange for having the charges dropped. He was arrested at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami this summer when he reportedly tried to enter the VIP area many times without a proper pass. Jackson gets a fresh start in Memphis this year and even though it’s hard to predict whether he will be able to bounce back, he deserves consideration in the later rounds since the minutes will probably be there for him.
Source: NBC Sports
July 15, 2019, 10:49 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke led the Grizzlies to their 95-92 Summer League championship win over the Wolves on Monday with 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting while chipping in a 3-pointer, a game-high 16 rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks.
What a monster stat line. Clarke was named Summer League MVP prior to tonight and he lived up to the name. He's hyper athletic with a high motor and has a great feel for the game on both ends of the floor and it looks like his talent should win out and earn him a regular spot in the rotation alongside Jaren Jackson Jr. Keep an eye out for him in the later rounds on draft day, especially in dynasty leagues.
July 15, 2019, 10:49 pmBruno CabocloSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Bruno Caboclo scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting while adding three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two blocks in Monday's win over the Wolves.
Caboclo looked great tonight on both ends of the floor and even hit his stride from beyond the arc tonight. There's some optimism for him heading into this season as the Grizzlies are fielding a lengthy roster like Milwaukee and a rebuild situation is perfect for him.
July 15, 2019, 10:48 pmGrayson AllenSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Grayson Allen scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting while adding five rebounds and an assist on Monday.
Allen still wasn't all that great in this one and if we're being honest, he hasn't shown much to prove himself to be a rotational player. The Grizzlies could still give him a spot on the team to start the regular season, but nothing has stood out from Allen as his saving grace would have been shooting, but tonight he went 0-for-3 from deep.
July 15, 2019, 5:37 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Rookie Brandon Clarke has been named the 2019 Summer League MVP.
Clarke put the Grizzlies through to Monday's championship game with a game-winner in Sunday's semifinal matchup, and he'll look to put the finishing touches on his strong debut with another trophy tonight. He's averaged 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.2 steals and 1.6 blocks on .570 shooting across five games so far, all in only 21.4 mpg. Clarke has increased his stock as much as anyone in Vegas, though the presence of Jaren Jackson Jr. could make it hard for him to carve out huge minutes from the jump. Still, there's a chance that Clarke puts himself on the standard-league map and he can be considered a late-round flier in competitive formats.
Source: NBA on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 1:23 pmAndre IguodalaSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Shams Charania is reporting that the Clippers and the Rockets are the two teams still "strongly pursuing" Andre Iguodala in trade talks.
Charania adds that the Mavs and the Nuggets have also engaged Memphis but those discussions never gained much traction. The Rockets are hesitant to increase their tax bill while the Clippers don't want to part with Moe Harkless, who is the only player on the roster that represents a salary match. If either of these two teams wants to execute a trade, it looks like it will require another team.
Source: Stadium on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 1:09 amIvan RabbPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Ivan Rabb and the Grizzlies have agreed to push back the guarantee date on his contract to mid-October.
Rabb is set to make $1.6 million next season, and the Grizzlies will be able to evaluate him in training camp before making a final decision on his roster spot. It's a bold move for Rabb to potentially get cut right before the season begins, especially on a team with so much frontcourt depth, but perhaps he's betting on himself. How Rabb plays in the preseason could go a long way towards deciding his future, whether that's in Memphis or elsewhere.
Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter
July 14, 2019, 8:25 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke shot 7-of-10 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line to end Sunday OT night's win over the Pelicans with 23 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and one block.
Clarke has displayed a fantasy-friendly game in Summer League and appears to be one of the rookies who can crack the top-150 in value thanks to his solid shooting percentages and diverse stat line. Keep an eye on him in camp and preseason action as a potential late-round pick.
July 13, 2019, 7:58 pmJoakim NoahC, Memphis Grizzlies
Marc Stein reports that Joakim Noah of the Grizzlies is being wooed to play for the Breakers of Australia's NBL.
Leading the recruitment charge is Noah's former teammate Matt Walsh. Noah saw a brief renaissance in 2018-19 but it's unlikely he'll be able to post fantasy-relevant numbers while the Grizzlies are healthy.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
July 13, 2019, 6:48 pmBruno CabocloSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Bruno Caboclo scored nine points and 10 rebounds on 3-of-11 shooting during Saturday's 94-88 win over the Celtics.
Caboclo is vying with rookie Brandon Clarke and Ivan Rabb for rotation time, but Rabb did not play leading to believe his minutes are likely secure. Caboclo may be on the outside looking in once the season approaches if Clarke continues to put on performances like he did on Saturday.
July 13, 2019, 6:43 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting with 10 rebounds and three blocks during Saturday's win over the Celtics.
The Grizzlies handed the Celtics their first loss of the Summer League and in was on the back of Clarke, who is making a strong case to be in the early season rotation.