Memphis Grizzlies Rumors
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team assigned forward Ivan Rabb to the Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ NBA G League affiliate. Rabb (6-10, 220) has appeared in 11 games (nine starts) for the Hustle and has averaged 15.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.00 steals and 1.36 blocks in 28.3 minutes. The 20-year-old rookie, who was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 35th pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, has competed in two games for the Grizzlies this season, logging three minutes.
If the team came to him with a trade, Gasol would accept it. “If they think it is best, I would do anything for this franchise,” Gasol says. Wallace and other higher-ups are adamant that is unlikely, even as the losses mount. That seems stubborn, and there is almost certainly a scenario — perhaps Conley getting reinjured, or taking longer than expected to return — where Memphis tests the market. But even in that doomsday sequence, the Grizzlies may even prefer to hold their stars out here and there in some selective tankery, nab a high draft pick, and reload for another run at 45-plus wins.
It is not bad enough for Gasol to ask out. It may never be. “I have a responsibility to this city,” Gasol says. “I’m not gonna quit, no matter what.” What if Memphis fell 30 games under .500? Gasol shakes his head. “I would want to see how we got there — what the process is,” Gasol says. “But as long as [owner] Robert [Pera] wants me here, my teammates want me here, they think I’m part of the solution — and not part of the problem — that’s all I need.” (Gasol still denies he asked for Fizdale to be fired, though the tension between them was real, sources say.)
They famously selected Jordan Adams one spot ahead of Rodney Hood in 2014 — after vigorous debate — and then fretted over Adams’ lack of playing time. They purchased the rights to the 35th pick in that draft, and used it on Jarnell Stokes. He’s gone from the NBA, too. They thought hard about selecting Nikola Jokic, sources say, but felt No. 35 was too high. Denver nabbed Jokic six picks later. They tried to trade up for T.J. Warren, but found no takers, sources say. Selecting Hasheem Thabeet No. 2 in 2009 has receded from memory, but it is the kind of what-if that ruins a franchise.
If no deal is reached in those 90 days, the minority owners have another 60 to name a price for the team — and bid on Pera’s stake at that price, according to several sources familiar with the process. (The minority owners could also punt, and stick with the status quo.) That bid would be essentially binding. Pera would have two choices: sell at that price, or buy the minority owner’s stake at that same valuation.