The Scoops: Wolves quickly rejected trade offer for Memphis' Rudy Gay

One minute after free agency began in July 2010, Minnesota
Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn reached out
to the Octagon basketball group to arrange for a face-to-face visit with
restricted free agent forward Rudy Gay.
A visit was agreed upon, but before Gay got on a flight for
Minneapolis, he re-signed with Memphis for five years and $80 million.
Two-and-a-half years later, Gay is readily available — mostly
because the Grizzlies, barring a trade of either him or another
high-priced player, will be in luxury tax purgatory.
So, this is Kahn’s chance to land a player he has long coveted. But
according to a league source, he turned down a trade proposal from
Memphis for Gay recently. Continue reading “The Scoops: Wolves quickly rejected trade offer for Memphis' Rudy Gay” »

Jordan let down by Grizzlies' NBA snub

CLEARLY disheartened to be waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, Jerome
Jordan may have been hard done by rumuors indicating he had already made
plans to play in the Far East.
With the Grizzlies’ US$26m over the salary-cap entering the 2012-13 NBA
season and under new ownership, and Jordan, as a second year NBA player,
will have to earn at least US$762,195, the writing was on the wall for
the 26-year-old.
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Spurs had no answer for Grizzlies' Zach Randolph

But in the final minutes of Game 6 in a first-round Western
Conference series with the Spurs facing elimination Friday night at
FedExForum, McDyess couldn’t stop the Grizzlies’ Randolph.

Randolph scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter
to give No. 8 seed Memphis a 99-91 win over the top-seeded Spurs.
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Zach Randolph agrees to 4-year deal

Turns out that Zach Randolph’s Game 1 performance Sunday afternoon against the San Antonio Spurs came with added motivation.

The Grizzlies’ forward is set to sign a four-year contract extension
this week worth $66 million guaranteed with an additional $5 million in
incentives, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
Randolph’s agent, Raymond Brothers, and Griz general manager Chris
Wallace agreed to a deal in principle late Saturday night, the sources

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Mayo sees good thing with Griz


An informant entered the visitors’ locker room to tell the Grizzlies
that Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis was sitting out their game
Wednesday night in Oracle Arena.

That turned out to be false: Ellis started despite having flu-like
symptoms. But Griz center Marc Gasol jokingly told O.J. Mayo that Ellis
must have "Mayo-itis." Continue reading “Mayo sees good thing with Griz” »

Griz to match any offer Gay might receive

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Griz swingman Ronnie Brewer returned to action after missing 13 games with a partially torn right hamstring. …Griz owner Michael Heisley told a group of season ticket holders that the team intends to match any offer Gay might receive as a restricted free agent this summer. Heisley spoke before the game at the team’s annual “State of the Franchise” Chalk Talk where season ticket holders could ask questions. Continue reading “Griz to match any offer Gay might receive” »