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May 18, 2015 Updates

The Grizz, as a result, have no choice here. Conley is such a part of the furniture in the Grit/Grind World that you can safely presume his No. 11 will be raised to the rafters of the FedEx Forum someday. But it would be foolish for him to consent to an extension now, computing the increases from his current salary of $9-plus million, when he has the chance to test the market in a year at the same time that the NBA's salary cap is poised to jump from the high $60 million range into $90 million territory. Which means that the Grizz can count on two nervy summers in a row. ESPN.com

May 17, 2015 Updates

Speaking of rings, Marc wants one in the worst kind of way and isn't sure just yet on where he'll pursue it. As he said in our chat and has before in others, it would take quite a lot for him to leave the special situation they have in Memphis. And yes, for those Tennesseans who surely wondered, Marc is known to have a favorite sushi spot that he approves of in the city that adopted him so many years ago. "The city of Memphis and the franchise means a lot to me," he told USA TODAY Sports. "It's not going to be easy for me to leave a place like that." USA Today Sports

"I don't think I'm going to enjoy that part of it, because I think a lot of is just, you know, it's just not what's important," he said. "It's meaningless, all the 'We want you … ' No, 'What is your plan?' You want to see a plan. "I haven't figured (the free agency plan) out yet. I haven't really put any thought in it. I'm just going to see what I want first as a family and from there we'll go. We'll ask the questions that we have to ask, and we'll go from there." USA Today Sports

As for the notion that his decision will have everything to do with the Grizzlies' fate in this coming postseason, Marc isn't sure he sees it that way. "I wouldn't say so, I mean I don't know," he said. "I'm sure it's going to play a factor, but I'm not going into the playoffs thinking, 'Well whatever happens here, I'm going to make my decision on that.' It can't work that way." USA Today Sports

May 16, 2015 Updates

“Are the pieces in place where you guys expect to go further?” a reporter asked. “Can you get it done with this team that’s in here right now?” “I think so,” Zach Randolph said. “I think we need to add a couple more pieces and then we’re right there. Add some shooting, get some shooting. Spread the floor, open the floor. We’re right there. We have a good team.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

He unbuttoned his Venetian red jacket, eased his giant frame into a small folding chair and let out a loud sigh. He closed his eyes for a moment, maybe to try to sneak in a quick nap, but probably to clear his head and gather his thoughts. The sudden and searing pain of his season ending too early yet again was washing over him, blocking thoughts that this was possibly his final game in a Grizzlies uniform. "I haven't even spent a second thinking of that," he said. "I'm drained right now. I couldn't pull it out for my teammates tonight. I gave it all I had." ESPN.com

Stephen Curry says he takes no satisfaction in closing out a Grizzlies team that declined to draft him, saying that he never thinks about it. The Grizzlies had the second pick in the 2009 draft and selected center Hasheem Thabeet. After spending time with six teams, Thabeet now plays in the D-league with little hope of returning to the NBA. Asked how the draft would turn out if it were to be redone today, Curry took a long pause and quipped, "They might still think I'm too small." San Jose Mercury-News

Lee didn’t play a single minute in the Warriors’ first-round sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans; he played only nine total minutes through the first three games of this second-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies. So when Curry told Lee during the first round that the power forward’s time would come, the 32-year-old wasn’t buying it. “There were a couple times I yelled back at him,” Lee said. “Even in the New Orleans series I was like, ‘Man, you’re playing great’ or ‘Great job.’ And he’s like, ‘Look man, you’re not out of this thing, we’re going to really need you.’ “I’m just like, ‘All right, all right, I appreciate it — politician Steph.” Sportal

 

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