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December 4, 2014 Updates

Miller hoped to re-sign in Memphis after the season. “I thought I was going to finish my career there,” Miller said. “I really did. I was happy there. I wanted to play another three, four years, [and I] thought I could get that done in Memphis.” Instead, the Grizzlies pursued and signed Vince Carter in free agency, which essentially took away Miller’s roster spot. But Miller wouldn’t wait long for his next opportunity. Soon enough, his old friend and teammate LeBron James came calling with a new mission. Grantland

A high draft pick may be the Knicks’ best avenue for improvement despite the available salary-cap space this summer and next. Memphis center Marc Gasol is a free agent target in July, but there are strong indications that he will re-sign with the Grizzlies. The following year, OKC’s Kevin Durant is available, but the Knicks will have plenty of competition between the Thunder, Nets, Wizards and Lakers. New York Daily News

December 3, 2014 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies recalled forward/center Jarnell Stokes from the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ exclusive D-League affiliate, the team announced today. Stokes began his second assignment with Iowa on Dec. 1. Stokes (6-9, 263) recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds in 22 minutes in his Energy regular season debut on Dec. 2 at Fort Wayne. During his first assignment in Iowa (Nov. 8-10), he posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds on Nov. 8 vs. Sioux Falls in an exhibition played in Memphis at FedExForum. The 20-year-old has totaled eight points and seven rebounds on 3-of-3 shooting in 21 minutes through six appearances for the Grizzlies this season. NBA.com

Marc Gasol as the league's most intriguing talent, a 29-year-old whose physical evolution from roly-poly to ripped has taken him to new heights yet again? He's listening, but he's not hearing it. "I don't see anything extraordinary," Gasol, who is averaging a career-high 20.1 points to go with 8.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per game, told USA TODAY Sports this week. "I see that (his play is) good, and I'm in a good place, but I don't see anything like (Golden State Warriors point guard) Steph Curry or something like that. I think it's pretty normal and natural. I'm having to take more shots because I've been asked to do that, and so far it has worked out pretty well." USA Today Sports

Even with the Grizzlies somehow getting one nationally-televised game this season (excluding NBATV), Gasol's game is less of a secret now than ever. Yet no one appreciates it more than the teammates and coaches who hope this isn't their last hurrah together. "I always tell him, 'Man you're the best center in the game, the best big man in the game. Dwight Howard ain't better than you — he just blocks more shots than you. You're the best center in the game,' " Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph told USA TODAY Sports. "It's about winning, and about the big fella coming back, because everybody knows that all the teams are loading up to get him. USA Today Sports

December 2, 2014 Updates
December 1, 2014 Updates

Gasol will consider many factors in deciding whether to stay, but the most important, he said, will be the level of his team’s commitment to winning. “That’s going to be huge for me,” he said. “Because you’ve got to go to work every day and feel good about it, knowing that everyone is seeing the big picture, which is having the biggest chance to win a championship.” New York Times

He added: “I’d rather wait and see how we all feel after the season. Then you make a decision for the next four or five years of your life, and you’re feeling good about it and knowing that’s what you want to do.” New York Times

In early September, months after the last N.B.A. season had ended, Mike Conley tuned in to watch the FIBA Basketball World Cup on television. He saw someone with a resemblance to his Memphis Grizzlies teammate Marc Gasol: same bushy beard, same stern game face and same backward shuffle down the court after shooting a jumper from just beyond the free-throw line. Except that this player was much thinner. “I was like, Man, that can’t be Marc,” said Conley, the Grizzlies’ point guard. “It looks like he lost 50 pounds.” New York Times

November 30, 2014 Updates

When Robert Pera became owner there in 2012, Jason Levien arrived as CEO and Stu Lash as assistant general manager. Wallace was nearly on paid leave. “I knew from being in this business a long time — I’ve been through four ownership changes — that change is inevitable when there’s an ownership change,” Wallace said over lunch recently. “It doesn’t mean there’ll be a new head coach or a new general manager, but there are going to be new people involved and the whole landscape can change. That’s what happened here. “I basically stepped aside. No one told me to step back. My role was reduced, but I intentionally stepped back from the players and the coaches. I did not want to be seen as someone that was a meddler last year. I went to games, but I did not interact with the players or coaches during that time. I stayed involved in the game. I was watching the college game closely and the NBA game and attending games at both levels, because I planned on getting back. I didn’t know it was going to be here. “There’d be a call here and there, but I didn’t have day to day duties. I had multiple years left on my contract, but I was in the background. I stepped back.” Boston Herald

November 28, 2014 Updates

The NBA denied the Sacramento Kings' protest of their Nov. 13 last-second loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, but at least some in the Kings organization still think the team was robbed of a deserved victory. Yahoo! Sports

"The referees had a duty to count frames on the replay and they didn't," one Kings source said. "We felt and still feel strongly that there was significant error in this decision." Under NBA procedures, each team has an opportunity to make submissions in support of its position, and the protesting team is required to establish a misapplication of the official playing rules that had a clear impact on the game's outcome. The Kings filed a protest and sent their own video and pictures to the NBA hoping to strengthen their case. Kings officials believe the referees misapplied the rules by not counting frames on Lee's shot when analyzing the replay and not taking into account a late-starting clock, a source told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Kings center Ryan Hollins told Yahoo Sports another reason why Lee's shot shouldn't have counted was because Hollins tipped the inbounds pass and that clock didn't start when he did. The NBA didn't mention Hollins in its statement. But an NBA spokesperson told Yahoo Sports there was no specific mention of Hollins' possible tip of the inbounds pass because the referees ruled he didn't touch it and there was no conclusive evidence in replays showing he did. "I hit the ball," Hollins told Yahoo Sports. "No question about it. You see the trajectory. You even see my reaction afterwards. Even if you can't conclude that I hit the ball, the shot still didn't get off with the correct call." Yahoo! Sports



The Gasols go 1-2 in a list short on big names 18 years into franchise history.


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