Posted on: January 21, 2010 4:26 pm

Grizzlies discuss trade for Utah's Brewer

By Ronald Tillery, The Commercial Appeal : The Grizzlies are discussing a potential trade in which they would acquire guard/forward Ronnie Brewer from the Utah Jazz.

It is the latest development in the Grizzlies' quest to improve their bench.

The teams have mainly talked about which future first-round pick the Jazz would receive in return for Brewer. It is not known whether other players are involved.

Memphis is not willing to part with its own 2010 pick. The Griz have made available their late first-round selections (via Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers) for the right deal. The Jazz may also be seeking a 2011 pick. The Griz have also shown interest in dealing for Miami's Dorell Wright.

Brewer earns $2.7 million and will be a restricted free agent this summer. A qualifying offer would cost $3.7 million. The team that employs Brewer will have the right to match any offer sheet he receives in free agency.

Posted on: December 11, 2009 4:14 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2009 4:14 pm

Von Wafer heading to Memphis?

By Jorge Sierra , HoopsHype.com : Former Rockets guard Von Wafer is close to leaving Olympiakos and returning to the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, one source told HoopsHype.com. Wafer’s European agents are working today to rescind his contract with the Greek powerhouse. The 6-foot-5 guard could soon afterwards join the Grizzlies for the rest of the season, the source said.

Wafer’s departure is apparently of mutual agreement. Wafer was due to make $2 million with Olympiakos this year but the team’s coach, Greek legend Panagiotis Giannakis, wasn’t playing him for the last few games. Management didn’t want to have that type of investment sitting on the bench, according to the source, so both sides decided to come to a quick resolution.


Category: NBA
Posted on: November 18, 2009 4:44 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2009 4:49 pm

Magic not interested in Iverson ... yet

By Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer: Allen Iverson and all his baggage are available after officially parting ways Monday with the Memphis Grizzlies. A big believer in team chemistry, Smith, surprisingly, didn't reject the notion out of hand when asked about the 10-time all-star. But he's a long shot at best.

"It's hard to say. You have to evaluate it and like everything else, it has to make sense for your team," Smith said. "I just got the news [on Nelson] a few hours ago, so I can't rule out anything yet. You have to take a step back. That's how we do things." Asked specifically about Iverson, Smith said, "He's still out there, isn't he? I think he'll be on somebody's roster before the year is over."

Iverson signed with Memphis this summer after leaving the Detroit Pistons in a huff, but left the Grizzlies for personal reasons Nov. 7, appearing in just three games. The Grizzlies ended their one-year contract with Iverson, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, did not immediately return a call from the Sentinel late Tuesday afternoon. "I'm not in a hurry to do anything. We will do our due diligence," Smith said. "We have two point guards and another who will be out four to six weeks."

Smith said things might be different if Nelson were sidelined for the season -- like he was last February when he sustained a regular-season-ending shoulder injury. The Magic acquired Rafer Alston from the Houston Rockets after Nelson was hurt.

"If he were out for a longer period it might cause you to do other things," Smith said.


Posted on: November 9, 2009 11:32 am
Edited on: November 10, 2009 11:43 am

Source: Iverson contemplating retirment

By Ronald Tillery, The Commercial Appeal - Allen Iverson is contemplating retirement if he doesn't rejoin the Grizzlies, according to a source with knowledge of the veteran guard's situation.

Iverson left the team Saturday after receiving permission from Griz owner Michael Heisley to deal with a personal matter. The stress associated with a family issue plus Iverson's frustration over playing a reserve role might spell the end of his 14-year NBA career, according to the source.

Heisley said he's not been given any indication that Iverson might be leaning towards retirement, and still is holding out hope that the 10-time All-Star will return to Memphis.

"I just think if he was going to retire, he'd tell me first," Heisley said. "I expect him to come back. If he does retire, I'll be tremendously disappointed. I feel bad because I don't think that's the way he should go out."

Iverson, who traveled from Los Angeles to his Atlanta home over the weekend, was granted an indefinite leave of absence. He has not asked to be traded or waived.

The Griz signed Iverson in the offseason to a one-year, $3.1 million contract, and can't trade him until Dec. 15.


Category: NBA
Posted on: November 2, 2009 11:33 am
Edited on: November 10, 2009 11:45 am

O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay Have To Be Separated

By Ronald Tillery: The Commercial Appeal - Memphis teammates O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay got into a shouting match near the end of the team's loss to Denver on Sunday night.

Mayo scored a career-high 40 points, but the Grizzlies lost 133-123.

The incident took place during a timeout late in the fourth quarter. Gay took exception when Mayo made a strong comment about his teammates not getting back on defense, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and a number of players stepped in to separate the two players.


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