Ronald Tillery: Pregame - Jarell Martin (left knee and left ankle) is active. Tyreke Evans (illness) and Ben McLemore (right knee soreness) are OUT vs Clippers.
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies announce McLemore (foot) and Selden (quad) are out for Wednesday's season opener against Pelicans. Tyreke (ankle) is questionable.
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies guard Ben McLemore made trip with team to Atlanta to continue taking next steps in recovery from offseason foot surgery.
Guard Ben McLemore has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The injury occurred when he landed on another player’s foot after driving to the basket during a pick-up game in Los Angeles. McLemore underwent successful surgery and will be out an estimated 12 weeks.
There’s no other way to frame this one. It’s literally a tough break with news that shooting guard Ben McLemore, the Grizzlies’ top free-agent acquisition this summer, underwent successful surgery Tuesday after being diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during an offseason training session late last week in California.
July 1, 2022 | 10:15 pm EDT Update
In his first national team appearance in six years, and first game in his hometown since high school, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 of his 32 points in a dominant third quarter, leading Canada to a 95-75 victory over the Dominican Republic in World Cup qualifying.
Nick Nurse started his four NBA players Friday: Gilgeous-Alexander, who received loud applause from his hometown crowd at what used to be Copps Coliseum, Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Utah Jazz), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks), and Olynyk (Detroit Pistons), plus national team mainstay Melvin Ejim.
July 1, 2022 | 8:21 pm EDT Update
The Jazz sent Rudy Gobert to Minnesota in a deal that netted Utah four future first-round picks and 2022 first-round pick Walker Kessler, per ESPN. Reports from The Athletic and ESPN stated that Utah has no plans to trade Mitchell and would retool its roster around Donovan Mitchell. But there is some skepticism about Utah’s long-term plans in the wake of the Gobert trade. Several teams still view Mitchell as attainable for the right return.
People in touch with the Knicks prior to the draft said the club was wary of trading the combination of picks and players that it would take to land a player like Mitchell. The thinking, according to people in touch with the club at the time, was that there wouldn’t be enough left on the roster to field a contending team.
If Utah decides to trade Mitchell, Miami is certainly a team to watch. The Heat’s situation is complicated by the club’s pursuit of Kevin Durant (according to a source, several people were lobbying Durant on behalf of Miami on Thursday and Friday in the wake of his trade request out of Brooklyn).