Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lee (ankle) will play in Friday's preseason game against the Heat, 3 Shades of Blue reports.
Impact: Lee has been dealing with a minor ankle injury over the past few days but will be able to give it a go for the final preseason game of the year Friday. Considering that he's already back on the court, Lee will likely be available for the regular season opener against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lee is dealing with a minor ankle injury and will sit out Wednesday's preseason game, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes reports.
Impact: This is the first we've heard of an injury with Lee, but it was reported earlier in the week that he would be the team's starting shooting guard this season, so it seems likely that he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season.
Tayshaun Prince - #21 - Forward - 6'9" - 215lbs
News: Prince will come off the bench and play less minutes this year, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis reports.
Impact: Prince is 34 years old, and the team believes it would be foolish to tax his body any more than necessary during the long regular season grind. In regard to Prince's role, Coach Dave Joerger referenced the role former Grizzlies forward Mike Miller played with the Heat during LeBron James' time there, and how Miller only played about 50 regular season games. Thus it's possible Prince could be in line to see similar rest during the regular season in hopes that he still has something to contribute come playoff time. Prince is not the floor-spacing threat that Miller is, but it appears Joerger believes he can still get something out of the unique, aging veteran. Still, Prince's reduced role makes him even less desirable as a fantasy option, and he was already only worth consideration in the deepest leagues last year. Unless serious injuries strike the Grizzlies, it's hard to envision him making a return to relevance in fantasy.
Tony Allen - #9 - Guard-Forward - 6'4" - 213lbs
News: Allen will begin the regular season as the starting small forward, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis reports.
Impact: Allen and Courtney Lee played the majority of wing minutes during the playoffs versus the Thunder last season, so this announcement is not a huge surprise by any means. Despite Allen's limited range and overall inconsistency offensively, he has established himself as an elite perimeter defender in the NBA. This should help him continue to earn sufficient time at both shooting guard and small forward, but expectations should be tempered, as staying in front of your man defensively and forcing misses doesn't equate to fantasy stardom. Still, if he's able to earn close to 30 minutes per game he should be able to produce enough in the rebounding and steal categories to give him decent late-round value in deeper leagues.
Jordan Adams - #3 - Shooting Guard - 6'5" - 209lbs
News: Adams will begin the season in a reserve role, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis reports.
Impact: Coach Dave Joerger expressed optimism regarding the improvements made by Adams and fellow rookie Jarnell Stokes, but indicated that for them, right now practices are games, and that their respective roles are to continue improving and pushing their teammates during practices. After an impressive summer league showing, he has struggled with his shot in the preseason, and while it's possible Adams will eventually earn a regular spot in the rotation this season, it appears that won't be happening right away barring a Grizzlies trade or an injury to one of the veteran shooting guards ahead of him on the depth chart.
Quincy Pondexter - #8 - Guard-Forward - 6'7" - 220lbs
News: Pondexter is averaging 10.7 points (44.2 FG, 35.0 3Pt, 76.0 FT), 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 0.5 steals in 23 minutes per game during six preseason affairs.
Impact: Pondexter will begin the regular season coming off the bench with Courtney Lee and Tony Allen occupying the starting wing positions, but Coach Dave Joerger indicated to 92.9 ESPN in Memphis that Tayshaun Prince will see a reduced role in 2014-15. Factor in that Pondexter can cover both wing positions, Vince Carter (ankle) is not expected to be 100 percent to start the season, and rookie Jordan Adams will be eased into action, and Pondexter figures to see solid minutes to start the 2014-15 season. Still, Pondexter's upside may be limited by the Grizzlies' depth at the wing, and that might keep him from gaining much value outside of deeper leagues.
Vince Carter - #15 - Guard-Forward - 6'6" - 220lbs
News: Carter (ankle) likely won't be 100 percent to start the 2014-15 season, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis reports.
Impact: Carter had a bone spur procedure in his right ankle back in May, was limited in practice and training camp, and has played sparingly so far in the preseason. Coach Dave Joerger expressed optimism regarding Carter's progress, and though Carter turns 38 in January, he has adjusted his game well as he has aged. It seems he'll be eased into his eventual minutes load as he regains his health early on, but Carter's ability to spread the floor and overall offensive versatility should help him earn a plentiful role off the bench during 2014-15.
News: Lee will start on the wing for the Grizzlies this season, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis reports.
Impact: Lee started all but two of his games with the Grizzlies last season, and will open the 2014-15 campaign in the starting lineup alongside Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Mike Conley. Lee and Allen will essentially be interchangeable on the wing, with Allen assuming the tougher matchup defensively regardless of position. With Lee in the starting five, Tayshaun Prince, Quincy Pondexter and Vince Carter will be the primary wing backups.
Michael Beasley - #6 - Forward -
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: The Memphis Grizzlies have waived Beasley, who had signed a non-guaranteed contract with the team last month.
Impact: Beasley, 25, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season with Kansas State. The 6-foot-9 forward owns career averages of 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 24.9 minutes in 409 NBA games with the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns. Beasley has made 199 career starts.