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January 20, 2015 Updates

The Grizzlies are considering several players, including NBA veteran Tyrus Thomas, for a 10-day contract, although nothing is imminent. Thomas played seven seasons in the league with the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats. He’s now playing for the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, Iowa Energy, after sitting out the past two years following surgery to remove a cyst from his spinal cord. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Adding Thomas is a “50/50” proposition, according to sources with knowledge of the Grizzlies’ plans. However, Memphis is expected to evaluate a player with its 15th and final roster spot because it moved comfortably under the luxury tax threshold after a three-team trade that landed versatile forward Jeff Green from Boston last week. Memphis Commercial Appeal

When Gasol heard that the Grizzlies were on the verge of trading Conley to the Milwaukee Bucks, he reached out to Ron Tillery, who covered the team for the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "I had no idea what I was doing," recalled Gasol. "I said, 'Write this down: We cannot trade Mike Conley. He is the one guy who actually cares about the team, that actually is trying to play the right way.' Well, supposedly a rookie is not supposed to do that. So I got a call from the owner, I got a call from everybody. And rightfully so. Rightfully so. NBA.com

"There were times we came close to trading Mike, because his development was so slow, and thank goodness we didn't," said Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace. "He never ever deviated from who he is. He's someone who is very good with the fans. He's very respectful and courteous, has a smile on his face, and if he does get down you don't see it. There was never any petulance or moodiness when he was young and this wasn't working." NBA.com

Does he have what his teammates need to lead them to the championship? "All my life I've been ranked lower than I thought I should be," Conley would say quietly as he walked slowly past the enlarged black-and-white photographs that detail the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King. "And I don't care anymore." In print his words may sound bitter and resentful, but on this day, in his company, their meaning was entirely different. Conley was smiling as if liberated. He sounded grateful. NBA.com

"He says there's another level I need to reach," said Conley, who went into his Tony Allen rasp: "He wants me being nasty, to put on a different Mike." He laughed. "He wants me to be in his space, grab his jersey, pound him in his chest, 'Snap out of it!' and all that stuff. I can try, but that's just not me for the most part. I'll slap him against the back of his head once in a while, because that is the only way to get his attention sometimes: You'll be talking to him and he's looking right past you, so you just got to hit him upside the head. Then he's listening to you again." NBA.com

In padding their winning streak to four games with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, the Griz also left their sold out arena encouraged by the quick cohesion being established with Green. “He’s extremely smart and he’s picked up our stuff very quickly,” Griz coach Dave Joerger said. “Now we just got to keep building the chemistry amongst the players. …We’re going to use him as a playmaker and it just takes time on some of those reads to make when we’re really trying to turn a corner and get to the rim, or when we’re trying to move the ball, move the ball and get it to Zach.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 17, 2015 Updates

You kind of carry yourself more like a rapper than a player. You keep it true to yourself and don’t sanitize yourself for the media. Zach Randolph: That’s just how I’ve always been. I be me. You can ask guys about me. Ask 2 Chainz, Fat Joe, Jay Rock—the list is long. I was actually at Yo Gotti’s restaurant last night. Them my homeboys. They all used to hoop, all the rappers used to play ball so there’s a lot of respect. We all keep it 100 and treat each other with respect. XXL Mag

Free agency presents a similar dilemma. There are several free agents that the Knicks and their fans can dream about, but landing a Marc Gasol or LaMarcus Aldridge is a long shot. The agent — as much as agents enjoy it — cautioned that the Knicks need to avoid overpaying for second-tier talent: “They can’t do what they always do — get tied up in deals you don’t want.” The scout agreed, noting, “If they were to get Gasol, all right, then you have ’Melo, Gasol and the rest of those misfits. You’re better, but you’re not there. Keep your cap room available. Don’t overspend on a mediocre player and fill in the holes.” Bergen Record

January 16, 2015 Updates

John Denton: With Mike Conley OUT because of a sprained ankle, @Memphis Grizzlies will start Beno Udrih tonight vs. @Orlando Magic Beno played in ORL during 12-13. Twitter @JohnDenton555

January 14, 2015 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies recalled guard Russ Smith from the NBA Development League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the team announced today. The Grizzlies acquired Smith and forward Jeff Green as part of a three-team trade with the New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics on Jan. 12. Smith was assigned to Fort Wayne by New Orleans on Jan. 9. NBA.com

January 13, 2015 Updates
January 12, 2015 Updates

Quincy Pondexter: Memphis, I will always Love you!!!! Fighting back tears right now. No lie, This is tough to come to grips with... I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the entire Memphis Grizzlies organization and the fans that have supported me since day 1. These last few years have truly been a blessing that I will always cherish forever. We made a lot of history together! I gave you guys my all and will always consider Memphis home and family! I want to give a special thanks to Lionel Hollins, Chris Wallace, and especially one of the best owners in sports, Robert Pera, for giving me a chance and believing in me from the beginning. To my teammates, I will miss you, fellas! Still rooting for all of you and believe you guys truly are a championship caliber team. From everyone in the arena, to the community, and the kids and staff at St Jude, I love and will miss you all ... And finally to New Orleans. I'M BACKKKK!!! We have work to do! This team can be special.. These tears just turned into tears of Joy. #Proverbs3:5-7 #NOLA #Pelicans #TAKEFLIGHT http://instagram.com/p/xxjdaYmlyG/ Instagram



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


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