Instead, there’s a holistic approach to this offseason reboot. Whether Memphis lands first or fifth on Tuesday, they’ll move on to the three-day NBA Draft Combine workouts in Chicago armed with two of the top 32 picks in what’s widely considered one of the deepest drafts in years. From there, the Grizzlies will assess trade scenarios throughout the league, with an option to flip draft picks or other assets for immediate veteran help to complement Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, and fast track a return to the playoffs. In addition to the draft and the trade route, Memphis will have the full midlevel exception in free agency, with several intriguing wing players set to be on the market.
October 21, 2018 | 2:35 am EDT Update
Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul were all ejected during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Rockets-Lakers contest after an altercation featured players swinging and shoving. Ingram was seen shoving James Harden during a dead ball, then proceeded to get in the face of an official after receiving a technical. Moments later Paul stuck a finger in the face of Rondo and the two began throwing punches. During the scrum, Ingram came flying in to throw a punch at Paul.
Rachel Nichols: Chris Paul told our broadcast crew this all started because Rajon Rondo spit in his face. When the second replay cycles through you can see Chris wiping his face before he goes at Rondo.
Ohm Youngmisuk: The Rockets’ side of the story is Rajon Rondo started this by spitting on Chris Paul. Several Lakers players did not know if that was the case when told what some of the Rockets were saying. es.pn/2R0UX1d
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Lakers officials watched tape and are backing Rajon Rondo’s contention that he didn’t spit on Chris Paul. Meanwhile, CP3 and Rockets are insisting that Rondo did spit. “Lot of history between them,” one source connected to both players says.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Along with Chris Paul/Rajon Rondo altercation in Lakers-Rockets, one of Rondo’s family members confronted Paul’s wife, Jada. NBA investigating tonight’s on-court altercations ahead of Rockets/Clippers on Sunday.
Jonathan Feigen: Chris Paul was still so angry after the game, multiple individuals said, because a member of Rajon Rondo’s family made “inappropriate” comments to Paul’s wife, Jada, in the stands after the altercation.