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Report: Grizzlies owner inquired about moving team last summer

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera might just have his sights set on a bigger market.

Longtime Grizzlies beat reporter Ronald Tillery reported on Friday that Pera inquired about moving the team last August.

The Grizzlies began in Vancouver in 1995 and moved to Memphis in 2001. Despite having stars over the years like Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and Zach Randolph, the team has only had one appearance in the Conference Finals since the move (though they have earned ten total playoff berths).

Memphis is obviously one of the smaller markets in the NBA, and the Grizzlies have consistently ranked in the bottom ten in attendance in recent years. That said, the team did outdo expectations this season with a fresh core led by Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr gaining the No. 8 seed in the West. So a lot has changed since August, especially with that exciting new culture taking shape.

Grizzlies sign rookie Jontay Porter to multi-year deal

Michael Porter Jr Jontay

The Memphis Grizzlies are making an under-the-radar move that could pay dividends down the line.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Grizzlies have signed rookie forward Jontay Porter to a multi-year contract. Porter has suffered two knee injuries, but the one-time projected lottery pick is expected to be ready for next season.

The younger brother of Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., Jontay averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in his lone season at Missouri. He missed his entire sophomore season and went undrafted after tearing his MCL and ACL twice in the span of six months. He’s a real talent, and the Grizzlies are buying low on him.

Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill traded to Heat from Grizzlies

Jae Crowder

The Miami Heat are wheeling and dealing ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.

The Heat agreed to a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies involving Andre Iguodala, and Iguodala is not the only veteran player that is headed to Miami. The Heat will also get Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski added that Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow and James Johnson are heading to Memphis.

Miami was also trying to acquire Danilo Gallinari as part of a three-team trade involving the Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder. That could still happen, but it does not sound likely.

Crowder is averaging 9.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season, while Hill averaging 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds. Iguodala has refused to play for Memphis, which recently drew criticism from some of his teammates.

Grizzlies reportedly ‘adamant’ they will not buy out Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala has not played in a game this season with the Memphis Grizzlies, but the team insists the only way he will be removed from the roster is via trade.

The Grizzlies are looking to move Iguodala ahead of Thursday’s deadline, but Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that they remain “adamant” about not agreeing to a buyout with Iguodala even if they can’t trade him.

There have not been any substantial trade talks involving Iguodala, and Stein adds that the Dallas Mavericks are looking for wing help but do not want to trade for the 36-year-old. The Mavs could be among the teams who would prefer to wait the situation out to see if Memphis will actually keep Iguodala down the stretch.

The Golden State Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies last offseason in a financially motivated move, and there has been talk that he could return to Golden State next season. NBA rules prevent the Warriors from re-acquiring Iguodala before the offseason.

Iguodala never wanted to play for Memphis in the first place, and the Grizzlies could just be doing everything they can to maintain a position of strength before the deadline. The swingman believes not playing at all this season may have actually helped his career.

Vancouver crowd chants for Grizzlies during preseason game

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies left Vancouver, Canada nearly two decades ago, but the local fans still have not forgotten about them.

The city played host to an NBA preseason game on Thursday between the LA Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks. Dwain Price of Mavs.com relayed that the sellout crowd was chanting “We want the Grizzlies” during the fourth quarter.

Vancouver was the original home of the Grizzlies, who joined the NBA as an expansion team in the 1995-96 season before moving to Memphis after the 2000-01 campaign. During those six seasons, they went a miserable 101-359 (.281) but rostered such fan favorites as Mike Bibby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and Bryant “Big Country” Reeves.

If it’s any consolation though, the Grizzlies will be bringing back their popular Vancouver jerseys for select games to celebrate their 25th anniversary this season, and it’s safe to say those were pretty interesting-looking uniforms.

Report: Grizzlies agree to continue pursuing Andre Iguodala trades

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala may end up playing for the Memphis Grizzlies for a portion of the 2019-20 season, but the team is not planning to hold the veteran swingman hostage for an entire year.

Iguodala and the Grizzlies have an agreement in place where the 35-year-old does not have to report to training camp and the team will continue to search for a trade partner for him, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports. Memphis has agreed to allow Iguodala to continue with his private workouts, but the understanding is that he could remain on the roster until well into the season.

Iguodala told NBC Sports Bay Area this week that he is “on the same page” with the Grizzlies, so it does not appear there is any tension between him and the team. Players who signed as free agents this summer are not eligible to be traded until Dec. 15, so Memphis may have an easier time finding a team to trade with at that point.

A previous report indicated that the Grizzlies expected Iguodala to report to camp and were refusing to engage in buyout talks with him. That is likely because they believe they can get something of value for him on the trade market.

Iguodala is owed $17.2 million next season, and the Golden State Warriors needed to unload his salary in order to complete the three-team, sign-and-trade deal that landed them D’Angelo Russell. They also sent a 2024 first-round draft pick to Memphis in the trade, so the initial belief was that the Grizzlies were simply buying a first-round pick. That may still be true, but they also want to acquire another pick by unloading Iguodala.

There are multiple teams that reportedly want to add Iguodala, which isn’t a surprise given his impressive resume.

Report: Grizzlies refusing to engage in buyout talks with Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala

The Memphis Grizzlies have entered a rebuilding phase and seemingly have no use for a player like Andre Iguodala, but they are apparently holding firm with their commitment to not allow the veteran swingman to become a free agent.

The Grizzlies are refusing to engage in buyout talks with Iguodala and expect him to show up to training camp, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Tthe Grizzlies already reached a buyout agreement with Dwight Howard (which allowed him to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers), and they were expected to do the same with Iguodala. However, Iguodala has more value and has already generated interest on the trade market, so it seems like Memphis is still trying to get something in return for him.

Iguodala is owed $17.2 million next season, and the Golden State Warriors needed to unload his salary in order to complete the three-team, sign-and-trade deal that landed them D’Angelo Russell. They also sent a 2024 first-round draft pick to Memphis in the trade, so the initial belief was that the Grizzlies were simply buying a first-round pick. That may still be true, but they also want to acquire another pick by unloading Iguodala.

There are multiple teams that reportedly want to add Iguodala, so refusing to engage in buyout talks with him is probably strategy for the Grizzlies.

Grizzlies reportedly exploring trade for Andre Iguodala, not buyout

Andre Iguodala

The Memphis Grizzlies may have no intention of keeping Andre Iguodala after they acquired him in a trade with the Golden State Warriors, but they are not working with him on a buyout — at least not yet.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports that the Grizzlies do not intend to buy out Iguodala’s contract before next season and are actively exploring trade possibilities for the veteran swingman. The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets are among the teams that are open to a potential trade.

Iguodala is owed $17.2 million next season, and the Warriors needed to unload his salary in order to complete the three-team, sign-and-trade deal that landed them D’Angelo Russell. They also sent a future first-round draft pick to Memphis in the trade, so the initial belief was that the Grizzlies were simply buying a first-round pick.

It makes sense that the Grizzlies would rather trade Iguodala, but teams know they have little interest in keeping him. That doesn’t give Memphis much leverage in trade talks, though some team could offer a draft pick if they don’t think they’d be able to sign Iguodala in the event of a buyout.

Iguodala would be a logical fit for the Los Angeles Lakers, and there have already been indications that he is going to end up with them. Rob Pelinka was the 35-year-old’s agent before he became the general manager of the Lakers.

Iguodala would almost certainly prefer to play for a contender at this point in his career, so he may pressure the Grizzlies into buying him out if they can’t find a trade partner.

Grizzlies acquire former No. 4 pick Josh Jackson in trade with Suns

The Memphis Grizzlies are going to try to resurrect the career of a once-touted young NBA prospect.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Wednesday that the Grizzlies have acquired Josh Jackson and DeAnthony Melton, along with a pair of second-round picks, from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter.

The Suns give up on Jackson two years after making him the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Over his two years in Phoenix, he averaged 12.3 points per game, but shot just 41.5 percent and didn’t do himself any favors off the court either. He’ll get a new start in Memphis, where they will try to salvage the 22-year-old’s career after a couple rough years.

Phoenix was also motivated to make the move to clear salary cap space so they could afford to sign Ricky Rubio to the three-year, $51 million deal they agreed to with him.

Chandler Parsons traded from Grizzlies to Hawks

Chandler Parsons Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have finally found a taker for Chandler Parsons.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Grizzlies have agreed to trade Parsons to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee. Parsons was unable to come to an agreement on a buyout with Memphis, and the deal allows the Hawks to open up a roster spot.

Parsons, who has one year and roughly $25 million left on a contract that has turned into one of the worst in the NBA, looked like he was going to be moved prior to the trade deadline last season. He and the Grizzlies agreed to part ways after Parsons said he was fully recovered from a knee injury but the team still was not playing him. Memphis could not find a trade partner, however, so Parsons had to awkwardly return to the team for the remainder of the season.

Since he signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies prior to the 2016-17 season, Parsons has averaged less than 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. A fresh start should help him if he is indeed healthy.