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Looking back at the trade with Phoenix

Looking back at the trade with Phoenix

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via A look back at one of the bigger Grizzlies trades this past offseason The Grizzlies continued their roster overhaul last season on July 3rd as they traded the then-recently acquired Kyle Korver and 2019 2nd round pick Jevon Carter to the Phoenix Suns for De’Anthony Melton and former #4 overall pick Josh Jackson, plus two second round picks. The Grizzlies were praised for the move as they landed a former lottery pick as well as a solid player in De’Anthony Melton while only really giving up Jevon Carter, whose time in Memphis was cut short once the...
Grizzlies to host drive-thru voter information drive at FedExForum on Saturday

Grizzlies to host drive-thru voter information drive at FedExForum on Saturday

The drive-thru event will be Saturday, and the Shelby County Election Commission will be present to answer questions on voting and voter registration        
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 23, 2020
Looking back at the Mike Conley trade

Looking back at the Mike Conley trade

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via The Mike Conley trade ultimately put the hammer At the time of the trade, the Mike Conley trade was seen positively for both teams. Utah received the most praise for it. As the Western Conference opened up, the Jazz emerged as title contenders after the trade. SB Nation’s SLC Dunk praised the trade, lauding the potential big 3, quality depth, and its two-way upside. Virtually everyone gave the Jazz an A-level grade, except for ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, who questioned Utah’s depth after the losses of Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver. The Memphis Grizzlies left a...
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 23, 2020
Reflecting on a moment in Grizztory

Reflecting on a moment in Grizztory

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via A look back to when the Grizzlies were named the #1 Franchise in Sports I got nostalgic when scrolling through Twitter last Friday when I saw a post about an event that happened seven years ago in 2013. The Memphis Grizzlies had been named the #1 Franchise in all of sports by ESPN The Magazine as they were coming off of their deepest playoff run in franchise history. It was the best of times for the small market of Memphis. On this day 7 years ago. https://t.co/wsG3VB7PVL— Grizzlies History (@Grizzstory) September 18, 2020 I still have the ESPN The...
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 22, 2020
Sign and trade options for De’Anthony Melton

Sign and trade options for De’Anthony Melton

Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Maybe Melton makes more sense away from Memphis De’Anthony Melton was one of the pleasant surprises of the NBA season for the Memphis Grizzlies. The analytics darling was widely seen as the best part of the trade Memphis completed with the Phoenix Suns last season, and Melton didn’t disappoint. He was near elite in transition and as a defender a majority of the minutes he logged for the Grizzlies, and considering he is only 22-years-old he fits neatly within the core that Zachary Kleiman has established alongside superstar Ja Morant and his...
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 21, 2020
Cautiously navigating the offseason ahead

Cautiously navigating the offseason ahead

Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/ Even if this offseason, it’ll surely be a busy one, as one costly decision could prevent them from max space in 2021. This offseason won’t be as wild as last year. Since last year was the first offseason under the new regime of Zach Kleiman and Jason Wexler, they had to clear out any players from the past management, and turn them into players and assets that fit their vision. In addition, they sacrificed cap space by trading for Justise Winslow, extending Dillon Brooks, and absorbing the last year of Gorgui Dieng’s expiring contract — which could be a...
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 21, 2020
A cautionary tale for Brandon Clarke

A cautionary tale for Brandon Clarke

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports Unlike some of the NBA’s best bench big men, Brandon Clarke has the skill set to remain an advantage in the postseason. On Saturday, Brandon Clarke enjoyed his 24th birthday. It was the just the latest reason for Clarke to celebrate in the month of September, as he and teammate Ja Morant have had plenty to smile about over the past few weeks. Morant won the 2019-2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, while Clarke finished fourth in the final voting. Both Grizzlies rookies were also named to the NBA All Rookie First-Team, finishing first and third in the...
Titans' Malcolm Butler wears a Ja Morant Grizzlies jersey to home opener vs. Jaguars

Titans' Malcolm Butler wears a Ja Morant Grizzlies jersey to home opener vs. Jaguars

Ja Morant, the star point guard of the Memphis Grizzlies, was named the NBA Rookie of the Year Award earlier this month.        
Grizzlies' Ja Morant responds to columnist who didn't vote him NBA Rookie of the Year

Grizzlies' Ja Morant responds to columnist who didn't vote him NBA Rookie of the Year

A Chicago Sun-Times columnist was the lone voter who didn't have Morant first on the Rookie of the Year ballot        
Jaren Jackson Jr., Taylor Jenkins of Grizzlies repeat message on importance of voting

Jaren Jackson Jr., Taylor Jenkins of Grizzlies repeat message on importance of voting

The message hasn't changed for Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. since entering the NBA.        
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 18, 2020
Grizz Verzuz Series Part II: OJ Mayo vs. Dillon Brooks

Grizz Verzuz Series Part II: OJ Mayo vs. Dillon Brooks

Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Battle of former All-Pac 12 performers and polarizing Grizzlies scorers Dictionary.com defines the term “polarizing” as “something that divides into two sharply opposing factions, political groups”. In the case of Memphis Grizzlies fandom, there are no two players more polarizing than O.J. Mayo and Dillon Brooks. Grizzlies fans have endured what rapper Wale would call a “LoveHate Thing” with the two shooting guards in which they love them, they hate them and they love them again. Since the 2008 departure of shooting guard Mike Miller, the...
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 18, 2020
GBB Podcasts: Small Market Vibes

GBB Podcasts: Small Market Vibes

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via We’re back to talk about the Gasol brothers, De’Anthony Melton, Dillon Brooks, and small-market teams. Welcome to this week’s GBB Podcasts! Lots of talk about the Memphis Grizzlies, small markets and the stars that have resided there this week. It includes a debate between who had the better Memphis career between the Gasol Brothers, and conversations around the inevitable “Ja Morant needs to go elsewhere” nonsense from the figure-head sports media such as Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. The Starting 5: Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol Verzuz Battle On...
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 17, 2020
Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. are defining new standards in Memphis

Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. are defining new standards in Memphis

These two are meant for the city and the team. When you think of organizations in the National Basketball Association with bright futures, chances are the Memphis Grizzlies are near the top of your list. And chances are the top two reasons for that are Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant - the two cornerstones of the next generation of the Grizzlies. But beyond their talents on their court, it is their seemingly perfect personality pairing and willingness to share the burden of carrying Memphis in to this next decade (and beyond the famed Grit and Grind era) that makes this pair of teammates...
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 16, 2020
Memphis NBA Twitter mock draft madness: Part II - The Picks

Memphis NBA Twitter mock draft madness: Part II - The Picks

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports Who exactly is coming to the mock Grizzlies In case you missed it, check out Part I - The Trades here. So my Mock Memphis Grizzlies look a little different than they did before the NBA Twitter Mock Draft began. A refresher on the depth chart heading in to making selections #28, 40, and 42- GUARDS: Ja Morant, Tyus Jones WINGS: Dillon Brooks, De’Anthony Melton (restricted free agent), JJ Redick, Troy Brown Jr. BIGS: Jaren Jackson Jr., Tobias Harris, Brandon Clarke, Thomas Bryant, Jontay Porter As was stated at the end of Part I, the needs seem pretty...
Grizzly Bear Blues Sep 16, 2020
Making the Grizzlies bench better

Making the Grizzlies bench better

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via The Grizzlies bench was one of their biggest advantages this season. That should remain a high priority into the future. Though there was plenty of individual prosperity for Memphis during the 2019-2020 season, the chemistry and cohesion among different units of the Grizzlies was also consistent and valuable. While the front office and coaching staff deserves plenty of praise, the unity on the roster and the effort to work together was clear from day one. The Grizzlies starting lineup developed nicely as the season progressed, and certainly contains the...

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