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Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Josh Jackson is finalizing a deal with the Detroit Pistons, sources tell ESPN.
Rod Beard: The #Pistons’ agreement with Josh Jackson is for two years, I’m told.
This is a complete stab in the dark, but I think Jackson will be back. He seems to genuinely enjoy playing with the Grizzlies. His teammates enjoy playing with him. There’s no better example of this than at the end of Wednesday’s win against the Nets, after Jackson scored a game-high 19 points in 17 minutes off the bench. As he prepared to do a postgame interview with Fox Sports Grizzlies’ sideline host Rob Fischer, Ja Morant approached Jackson from behind, put his arm around him and yelled, “Josh Jackson, you hear me?”
That said, it appears that every possibility is on the table for Jackson, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Grizzlies declined his fourth-year team option in October, and there is certainly a chance that he will be dealt before the deadline. If the front office isn’t positive that it’ll retain him this summer, it makes sense to attempt to get an asset for him.
Peter Edmiston: Talked with some folks familiar with the Grizzlies thinking re: Josh Jackson. The team won’t be picking up his fourth year contract option, but that certainly doesn’t preclude them re-signing him after the season is over, should everything go well. They’ll have space.
Chris Herrington: The Grizzlies will not be picking up Josh Jackson’s fourth year option. There won’t be an official announcement to that effect, but there’s an understanding they’ll let the deadline pass. That won’t preclude bringing him back next season if this season goes well.
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January 21, 2021 | 12:06 pm EST Update
Duane Rankin: Memphis next 3 games – 1-22 at Blazers 1-24/25 vs. Kings – have been postponed in accordance with #NBA health/safety protocols. They’re being postponed due to unavailable players for Grizzlies, contact tracing for other players on roster and to ensure health/safety of both teams
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA is erring on the side of caution with what still appears to be isolated COVID-19 exposure within the Grizzlies, sources tell ESPN. These postponements aren’t a result of several individuals being placed into the league’s Health and Safety protocol.
Chris Herrington: Per league source, the Grizzlies have one (and only one) active positive case. The rest of this postponement is due to contact tracing/caution. My sense is it’s another reflection of the league further tightening its protocols.
January 21, 2021 | 10:39 am EST Update
While the Nets starters tired and Harden, Irving and Durant played the final 18:45 together, Brooklyn’s best on-ball defender, Bruce Brown, sat on the bench. Brown’s 6-2 frame made for an ideal matchup to potentially cool down Sexton, who is 6-1, but after seeing the reserves struggle in the second quarter, Nash elected to tighten his rotations and play just nine all game. After the game, Brooklyn’s stars said Sexton hit a lot of difficult shots on them and his performance isn’t a total reflection of the defense. “He made some tough shots,” Harden said. “And if he missed those shots, is it good defense? No, he made some tough shots, everybody’s tired at that point, and I think we did enough, especially in the fourth quarter and first overtime. I don’t know how many points he had in that second overtime, but I think he had the majority of them. Chalk your hat up to him.”
Irving said his time in Cleveland with LeBron James and Kevin Love taught him that resolve, compromise and sacrifice was necessary for the Cavaliers to win at a high level. Irving thinks the same can happen in Brooklyn with his new star-studded team. Like his last one, it isn’t going to happen immediately. “We’ll have good nights, we’ll have great nights, but it’s how we galvanize as a group together,” Irving said. “It’s how we sacrifice and compromise for the greater good. And that still remains to be seen. Obviously, one game is out of the way, but I’m excited for what’s to come.”
His teammates have noticed a difference in him, too. Osman has noted the advancements in Sexton’s game from his rookie year to now. Sexton is competitive on the defensive end of the floor, he’s making the extra pass and his assists this season are up to 3.7 per game. “Obviously, last year he was better, and this year he’s even better,” Osman said. “He made like 14 or 15 points in a row, and then there was good defense on him, but then he found TP (new Cavalier Taurean Prince) in the corner for a 3-point shot that was wide open. That was a beautiful play from Collin. He could have taken that one too but saw TP was open, and that was the right play, so he made the right play. You can see from his first year until now — he’s just getting better every day.”