Though the bulk of the major offseason moves have likely passed in the NBA, there are certainly some interesting names potentially on the trade market. One of them might come from the Memphis Grizzlies.
According to Chris Fedor of cleveland.com, the Grizzlies have made it known that forwards Dillon Brooks and Kyle Anderson are available for the right price. Fedor mentions them as a possible fit for the Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr., as Memphis needs to clear some guaranteed contracts off its books and the Cavaliers need wing help.
If Brooks is available, one would figure he’s likely to draw a good amount of interest. The 25-year-old has become known for his perimeter defense, and also carries the ability to score. He’s coming off a season that saw him average 17.2 points per game, and has two seasons remaining on his contract.
Brooks might be able to bring a bit of attitude to a new team, too. He makes for an intriguing trade target if he is indeed available.
Ja Morant’s family members weren’t the only ones who got heckled by Utah Jazz fans in Game 2 of their playoff series in Salt Lake City.
Morant’s father Tee joined “Jason and John” on 92.9 FM in Memphis on Friday. Tee told the hosts that Jazz fans heckled Dillon Brooks’ family, calling them “half-breeds.”
The Jazz banned three fans for their behavior towards Morant’s family. On the same day this week, the NBA banned fans in three different cities. In addition to Utah, there were fan issues in New York with a fan spitting on Trae Young. And in Philadelphia, a fan was banned for dumping popcorn on Russell Westbrook.
Donovan Mitchell was happy to be on the court leading the Utah Jazz to a much-needed win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The two-time All-Star set the tone right from the opening tip, and he made sure Dillon Brooks knew he was back.
Mitchell sent the home crowd in Utah into a frenzy when he drained a 3-pointer early in the first quarter despite being fouled by Brooks. Mitchell then strutted around saying, “I’m on his a–.” You can see the video below:
The foul was Brooks’ second in less than six minutes, which gives you an idea of how much trouble he was having guarding Mitchell.
Mitchell finished the game with 25 points on 8-of-19 shooting in Utah’s 141-129 win. We know how he felt about having to sit out Game 1, so it’s no surprise he came out firing. Unfortunately, Brooks was the first person in the line of fire.
Andre Iguodala is pushing for a trade away from the Memphis Grizzlies, and Dillon Brooks has a great reason for hoping it happens.
Grizzlies players were asked after Monday night’s 96-82 win over the Detroit Pistons where the trade rumors surrounding Iguodala have been a distraction. Brooks said no and said he hopes the team trades the veteran so they can beat Iguodala.
Rookie Ja Morant seemed to agree, as he tweeted a speaking emoji on top of the quote.
You have to love that attitude from Brooks and Morant. Iguodala refusing to play for the Grizzlies is nothing but disrespectful to the franchise and should be taken that way by their players. They should want to destroy Iguodala and show him what he’s missing out on.
Iguodala was traded to Memphis over the offseason and has not reported to the team. He is seeking a trade prior to Thursday’s deadline and reportedly will sit out the rest of the season if he is not dealt to a team he has approved.
Memphis Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace is upset over the way a 3-team trade fell apart on Friday night.
The Grizzlies were a part of a 3-team deal involving the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards that would have sent Trevor Ariza to Washington and Austin Rivers to Phoenix. Washington was also going to send Kelly Oubre to Memphis, while the Grizzlies were going to trade Wayne Selden and another player to Phoenix. The problem is there was confusion over who the second Grizzlies player would be.
Phoenix was insistent that they were getting Dillon Brooks in the trade, while Memphis said they were trading MarShon Brooks.
Speaking on Saturday, Wallace made it clear that they were only ever trading MarShon, not Dillon.
After that deal fell apart due to the Brooks confusion, the Wizards and Suns made a trade directly. Ariza went to Phoenix for Rivers and Oubre.
A Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards trade reportedly has fallen apart over confusion about which Brooks player the Phoenix Suns were receiving in the deal.
The Suns, Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies were all working on a 3-way trade involving five players. Here’s what the trade looked like:
– Wizards getting Trevor Ariza from Phoenix
– Grizzlies getting Kelly Oubre from Washington
– Suns getting Austin Rivers from Washington and two players from Memphis
The hangup has to do with the two players the Suns were getting from Memphis. One of the players was Wayne Selden. The other was “Brooks.” The problem is Memphis has two players with the same last name, and there was a confusion about whether MarShon Brooks or Dillon Brooks was in the deal.
Memphis thought they were trading MarShon Brooks, while the Suns only were going to make the trade if they were getting Dillon, according to information from Suns reporter John Gambadoro and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj says the deal is dead unless the Wizards and Suns make it directly or involve a different third team.
If you’re wondering how the confusion could have happened, it’s apparently because Washington was used as a conduit in the trade talks and Phoenix and Memphis never spoke directly.
Who would have figured that Dillon Brooks would come between one of the biggest trades of the season?
Dillon Brooks is shooting his shot, no matter how long of a one it may seem.
The Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward took to Twitter on Sunday to try his hand at recruiting LeBron James to the team.
While it is certainly a valiant effort, Brooks has one heck of a sell job to do here as the Grizzlies finished this past season with the second-worst record in the league at 22-60. They may also have the worst long-term outlook of any NBA team with their aging core and their bloated salary sheet featuring over $195 million still owed to the Mike Conley-Chandler Parsons-Marc Gasol trio.
He may not have too much to pitch James on, but Brooks can add his name to the growing list of players wooing The King on Twitter since the Finals ended.
With the NBA Draft eight months in the rearview mirror, some teams are likely already wishing for a do-over.
Consider the Philadelphia 76ers, who selected Washington’s Markelle Fultz No. 1 – to unanimous applause from analysts. Though Fultz’s shoulder injury, which has kept him off the court since Oct. 23, was certainly not his fault, his shot looks broken, and that pick now looks questionable. The Sixers would certainly much rather have Donovan Mitchell or Jayson Tatum.
Meanwhile, other teams are thrilled with the results they’ve seen from their 2017 draft class. Consider the Los Angeles Lakers, who, while they’ve gotten mixed results from No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball, snagged Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart with late first-round picks. If we had a redraft, all three would likely be lottery picks.
Other teams still don’t know how to evaluate their 2017 draft. Did the Suns make a good or bad pick in taking Josh Jackson at No. 4? Did the Kings make a good or bad pick in taking De’Aaron Fox at No. 5? At this point, no one really knows.
We do know, however, that a handful of rookies have far outperformed expectations. Here are 10 who have stood out – and made a bunch of teams regret passing on them.
It’s difficult to begrudge any young player who chooses to forego additional time playing as an amateur when they could cash in on their talents by heading to the pros. Judging the financial standing of any young man or the motivation behind his decision to turn pro can get dicey.
Making the choice to begin playing professionally is a huge proposition, and the timing of that decision can have serious repercussions for the player’s chances to succeed as a pro and potentially affects their future career earnings.
Any player has the right to choose to use their skills to earn money, but some choose to cash out too soon and hurt themselves in the long run.
The new draft system allows players to test the waters and play out the draft process, receiving feedback if they don’t hire an agent. Some players forego that safety and hire an agent right away, jeopardizing their career before it even starts.
Here’s a look at five players who are making a mistake by leaving school early.
1. Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga
Players can often misinterpret a run through March Madness as a rise in their draft stock. Williams-Goss may be doing just that.
He was excellent for the Zags this season, earning first-team All-American honors. The point guard showed himself to be a lockdown defender, floor general, and capable shooter after transferring from Washington.
Projecting those skills to the next level, however, can be tough. Williams-Goss’ defense could diminish, since he doesn’t have true NBA size or speed. He shot 36 percent from the college three-point line, but rarely showed NBA range.
Williams-Goss will likely hear his name called during the second round of June draft. Had he returned to Spokane, bulked up his body and refined his shot, we may have seen him as a first-round pick in 2018.
2. Dillon Brooks, Oregon
A one-and-done tournament like the NCAA Tournament can be so difficult because one bad night ends your season. Pressure is on star players to bring their best every night if they don’t want to go home far earlier than they would have hoped. Teams who want to get to the Final Four need big performances from their star players, and a few of them have failed to deliver that as of yet. The Sweet Sixteen, as the competition gets tougher, would be the perfect place to do that.
Here are five players who are capable of stepping it up for the Sweet Sixteen, and whose teams badly need them to.
5) Allonzo Trier, Arizona
Trier didn’t score a point in the first half of Arizona’s second-round game against St. Mary’s, a game the Wildcats were losing by one at halftime. Arizona ended up winning by nine, and Trier put up 14 in the second half. He woke up, and so did Arizona, and those two things are not coincidental.
Arizona has a lot of good players — Lauri Markkanen is of enormous importance to them as well — but Trier is something of an engine for Arizona. The good news is he stayed aggressive even when he wasn’t shooting the ball well, and he was rewarded for his efforts.
The second weekend will pose new challenges for Trier and his teammates, and if he can shoot the ball well, Arizona is in good shape. If he has another half like he did against St. Mary’s, Arizona will probably find themselves in trouble.
4) Dillon Brooks, Oregon