HoopsHype Memphis Grizzlies rumors

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES highlights

March 25, 2014 Updates

Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote this week on a compromise that would end the state's so-called "jock tax," a special tax on some professional athletes who play in Tennessee. The tax, which applies to NHL and NBA players, charges athletes, from both home and away teams, $2,500 when they play in the state. The tax is applied a maximum of three times a year, so an athlete can be charged as much as $7,500 annually. An effort to reform the tax last year stalled in the Legislature. Now, WPLN Nashville Public Radio reports that a compromise has been reached that would end the tax on NHL players immediately. NBA players would play another two seasons before the tax is repealed. Business News

March 24, 2014 Updates
March 22, 2014 Updates
March 21, 2014 Updates

But a person with knowledge of the Grizzlies thinking said Randolph will be the focus of their free agency affection and that the interest they have in Pau Gasol would be secondary. The relevant question on that front, it seems, is whether Pau would be so interested in reuniting with his brother in Memphis and contending for a crown that he might be willing to play a complementary role behind Randolph and Marc Gasol while accepting a contract that would likely be below market value. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of such talks. USA Today Sports

Well you mention that, and that certainly makes me think back on the dynamics in place when you were hired. Do you feel like you're making your own way and getting out from Lionel's shadow at this point, or does that cross your mind? Dave Joerger: Um, it's not something that I spent a lot of time thinking about, to be honest with you. It has rolled off me because I wasn't involved in it. You know what I'm saying? I happened to be the guy standing here who gets the job, yes. But that's a third- or fourth-party thing. So I've got a job to do that I absolutely love and guys who I love to go coach every day, so I'm not trying to pass off the question. But really, I have so much stuff to think about that that's not something I haven't given a whole lot of time to think about, to be honest with you. USA Today Sports

March 17, 2014 Updates

In 1998, you applied to be the general manager of the Denver Nuggets—while working for the Post. This has always struck me as a conflict of interest. Tell me why I’m wrong. And do you think you would have/could have had a fruitful career as a GM. Peter Vecsey.: I was always told, you’ve got to have at least two conflicts of interest to be successful. Pro sports has plenty of former sportswriters-turned executives. The Knicks were started by Ned Irish. The latest example was John Hollinger leaving ESPN to become VP of basketball operations of Memphis. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to pursue front office or coaching, as long as it’s during the off-season? I tried to put together group to buy the Nuggets in the early ’80s … tried to get Rick Pitino to hire me as GM when he was running the Celtics … approached Larry Brown about helping him in Washington when he was close to coaching the Wizards … had an interview on tap as Hawks’ GM just before Stan Kasten left … and had a very brief interview with James Dolan to be Isiah Thomas’ GM. I am positive I would’ve been an asset to one and all. Jeff Pearlman

March 10, 2014 Updates
March 7, 2014 Updates
March 6, 2014 Updates
March 5, 2014 Updates
March 2, 2014 Updates

For example, the Cavaliers signed Lester Hudson to two 10-day contracts in 2012, and the guard performed spectacularly. He scored at least 23 points in three consecutive games, and hit two last-second shots. The Cavaliers wanted to sign him to a contract that included non-guaranteed money for the second year, however, and Hudson balked. He found a better deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, and promptly signed with them. General managers have gone from playing chess to checkers, as one NBA source explained, because they now have to think several steps ahead even with short-term, non-guaranteed deals. If a team signs a player whose rights they don't own, is there a possibility he plays so well that he prices himself out of its market? Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 27, 2014 Updates
February 26, 2014 Updates

Michael Scotto: NEWS: Beno Udrih has been claimed by the Grizzlies. Metta World Peace has cleared waivers, agent Marc Cornstein says. 1st reported by ESPN. Twitter @MikeAScotto

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS
IN GRIZZLIES HISTORY
Getty Images

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

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.