Memphis Grizzlies Player News: All Positions

News: Mooney is expected to sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Grizzlies, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Impact: Mooney spent last season at Texas Tech, where he made the All-Big 12 Second Team and the Big 12 All-Defensive Team with averages of 11.3 points on 9.6 shots, 3.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals across 31.0 minutes. He played for the Hawks during summer league, averaging 9.2 points on 8.4 shots, 2.8 boards, 2.8 dimes and 1.4 steals in 23.1 minutes. The Grizzlies will give him an opportunity to make the final roster, though it's very possible Mooney will end up in the G League for his first season as a professional.
News: Morant said Tuesday that he's back to 100 percent after undergoing minor knee surgery in June, Peter Edmiston of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Morant underwent a procedure on June 3 to clean up his knee, and while it entailed only a three-to-four-week recovery period, the Grizzlies opted to hold the No. 2 overall pick out of summer league as a precaution. With just over a month until the start of the regular season, Morant is back at full strength and won't face any limitations when camp opens next month. The Murray State product projects to be among the most sought-after rookies in fantasy drafts.
News: The Lakers are expected to request permission from the Grizzlies to meet with Howard regarding a potential union, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After Memphis acquired his rights from Washington in July, Howard is on the Grizzlies' books for the 2019-20 campaign, but the team is expected to release him before the upcoming season. Since Memphis recognizes that Howard isn't part of their future plans, the organization may just be doing him a favor by allowing him to meet with Los Angeles, which has clear need for added depth at center after DeMarcus Cousins (knee) suffered a season-ending ACL tear in a workout last week. Howard apparently has interest in rejoining the Lakers, with whom he spent a tumultuous 2012-13 campaign. Now 33 years old and returning from back surgery, Howard likely wouldn't be asked to play major minutes behind JaVale McGee, who would presumably start at center if the Lakers commit to using Anthony Davis as a power forward.
News: Guduric signed with the Grizzlies on a multi-year contract Wednesday.
Impact: The 24-year-old Serbian native went unselected during the 2017 NBA Draft, and he's spent the past two seasons playing in Turkey with Fenerbahce. Last year, he averaged 9.9 points while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from distance on 3.6 attempts per game. It seems unlikely that he'll be a regular rotation player for Memphis during his rookie season in the NBA.
News: Both the Rockets and Clippers have demonstrated interest in trading for Iguodala, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While the veteran is currently a member of the Grizzlies, the expectation is that he'll be moved -- likely to a contender -- before the start of next season. Both the Clippers and Rockets would make sense for Iguodala, but it's unclear how steep of a price Memphis will demand in exchange for his services. The Grizzlies are believed to be pursuing a future first-round pick, as well as the requisite salary matching, but if no deal is struck in the coming weeks, Charania notes that Memphis could simply opt to "do well by Iguodala" and buy him out, which would enable him to sign with a contender -- likely at a discount.
News: Rabb (personal) won't play in Sunday's summer league game against the Pelicans, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Impact: Rabb is away from the team for personal reasons, though he figures to return to the squad within the next few days.
News: Konchar will sit out Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League semifinals matchup with the Pelicans due to an unspecified injury, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Impact: Wallace notes that both Konchar and Yuta Watanabe and are feeling banged up, but the two are likely sitting out for precautionary purposes more than anything else. The Grizzlies and Konchar came to terms on a two-way deal shortly after he went undrafted in June, and the organization seems to have gotten a good evaluation of the shooting guard through stints in the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. Over five games in total, Konchar has averaged 5.0 points and 7.4 boards in 24.4 minutes per contest.
News: Watanabe will sit out Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League semifinals matchup with the Pelicans due to an unspecified injury, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Impact: Wallace notes that both Watanabe and John Konchar are feeling banged up, but the two are likely sitting out for precautionary purposes more than anything else. The Grizzlies have already gotten a good evaluation of Watanabe in the summer league, as he's averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game across four appearances.
News: Rabb will not play Saturday against the Celtics for personal reasons, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Impact: Rabb is attending a funeral, causing him to miss the Grizzlies' potentially final summer league game. The LVSL playoffs are single elimination.
News: Buchanan logged 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot across 25 minutes during Thursday's 113-87 loss to the Celtics in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: The undrafted rookie from Murray State made the most of his Summer League opportunity on Thursday. Buchanan's pedigree was definitely raised by the Racers' inspired play in the NCAA Tournament, so this will be his first shot at proving his mettle at the next level.
News: Harvey turned in 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-11 3Pt) and three assists across 20 minutes in Thursday's 113-87 loss to the Celtics.
Impact: Harvey was once again a bright spot in what was otherwise a lackluster effort from the Grizzlies. Harvey has toiled in the G-League for years but is widely known as a deadly threat from beyond the arc. Earlier in the year, he drilled 12 threes in a 58-point effort in the G-League, so it's obvious that he has the goods to make an impact. With Memphis in rebuilding mode, this may be the year where he gets an opportunity.
News: Howard (back) said in a recent interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic that he has lost 25 pounds since the 2018-19 season ended and added that he has received full clearance for all on-court activities.
Impact: The eight-time All-Star was limited to just nine appearances last season with the Wizards, averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 boarsd in 25.6 minutes per game before requiring season-ending back surgery. Though the 33-year-old Howard now has a clean bill of health, the fact that he's already undergone multiple back procedures during his career doesn't inspire the utmost confidence in his ability to hold up to an 82-game schedule. Moreover, Howard no longer looks to be an ideal fit in the modern NBA and now finds himself on his fifth team in as many years after the Wizards shipped him to the Grizzles earlier this month. He could be in search of a new home soon, as the Grizzlies are expected to waive him at some point before the start of the upcoming campaign.
News: Rabb mustered just two points (1-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt) but added 12 rebounds and one assist across 23 minutes during the Grizzlies' 79-69 win over the Suns in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: Rabb endured an abysmal shooting night, but his team-high rebounding tally helped partly make up for his struggles. The third-year pro has already seen action in 85 NBA regular-season games during his first two pro campaigns, but the Grizzlies are looking to get him further seasoning this summer as he prepares for another year in the frontcourt rotation. Rabb's shooting has notably been an issue going back to the Salt Lake City Summer League, when he drained just 29.0 percent of his 14 attempts during that brief tournament.
News: Clarke furnished nine points (4-10 FG, 1-3 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one block across 21 minutes during the Grizzlies' 79-69 win over the Suns in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: Clarke wasn't quite as proficient on the offensive end as he'd been during his debut Sunday against the Clippers. However, he managed to double up his rebounding total while also seeing a bump of four minutes in playing time. The 21st overall pick is likely to continue seeing extended opportunity in remaining summer league games.
News: Jones is joining the Grizzlies after the Timberwolves declined to match the three-year, $24 million offer sheet, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Jones was a restricted free agent so Minnesota had two days to match the offer sheet after it was signed Sunday, and now his rights move to Memphis. The 23-year-old is coming off a season in which he averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 22.9 minutes, and he figures to serve as the backup to rookie Ja Morant (knee).
News: The Grizzlies don't plan to grant Iguodala a buyout prior to the 2019-20 season and are instead working to trade the veteran swingman, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With a number of playoff-aspiring clubs clamoring for Iguodala's services, the Grizzlies are apparently motivated to explore his market to see if they can get back an asset in return rather than simply letting him walk for free. Iguodala is due $17.19 million in 2019-20, a fairly steep price for a cap-challenged club to pay for someone who projects as a role player -- albeit a quality one -- at this stage of his career. In order to facilitate any potential deal, the Grizzlies may need to cover some of the cost.
News: The Grizzlies aren't expected to include Melton on their Las Vegas Summer League roster while he contends with a minor back injury, David Cobb of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Impact: One of four players involved in the July 3 trade between the Grizzlies and Suns, Melton is eligible to play in Las Vegas now that the deal has been processed by the NBA. However, due to Melton's lack of recent on-court activity on account of the back issue, he'll likely have to wait until training camp to show off his skill set to his new team. Assuming Melton is back to full strength for camp, he should be given every opportunity to compete for a spot in coach Taylor Jenkins' backcourt rotation.
News: Watanabe generated 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and seven rebounds across 22 minutes during the Grizzlies' 87-75 win over the Clippers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Impact: Watanabe put together a strong showing for the second time in as many summer league contests, and he's now averaging 13.5 points (on 50.0 percent shooting), 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across his first two games in Las Vegas. The second-year big will look to have more of a presence this coming season if he's able to latch on to a spot on the final roster, following a rookie campaign during which he averaged a modest 11.6 minutes over 15 games.
News: Clarke provided 17 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 17 minutes during the Grizzlies' 87-75 win over the Clippers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Impact: The 2019 first-round pick was making his first appearance after the NBA finished processing the draft night trade that conveyed his rights to the Grizzlies. Clarke certainly didn't disappoint, co-leading Memphis in scoring alongside Grayson Allen while also turning in a solid effort elsewhere. The big man from Gonzaga is expected to make an impact in the Grizzlies' frontcourt during his first season, and Sunday's debut lent credence to the notion he could be up to the task.
News: Allen supplied 17 points (6-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 22 minutes during the Grizzlies' 87-75 win over the Clippers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Impact: Allen had been unable to suit up Saturday in the Grizzlies' summer league opener due to pending paperwork regarding the trade that brought him to Memphis, but he was in the starting five Sunday and co-led the team in scoring. The 2018 first-round pick of the Jazz is an intriguing prospect heading into his sophomore season, as he appears to have a much clearer path to playing time with his new team, especially now that Delon Wright has been traded to the Mavericks.
News: Harvey registered 12 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 22 minutes in Saturday's 101-75 win over the Pacers in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: Before coming down with an injury, Harvey set the G-League on fire while a member of the Memphis Hustle with a series of explosive stat lines. While the 2015 second-round pick is a long shot to make the team, he has an opportunity to show some of the flashes he had in the minors with his Summer League spot.
News: Caboclo posted 19 points (7-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots and an assist across 22 minutes in Saturday's 101-75 win over the Pacers in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: Caboclo made his mark as a replacement for the injured Jaren Jackson in the final weeks of the season. While Saturday was an impressive outing for the Brazilian product, the acquisition of Jae Crowder and the return of Jackson don't bode well for him in terms of consistent playing time.
News: Allen is not available for Saturday's summer league action against the Pacers, David Cobb of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Impact: The NBA is still processing trades, and Allen won't be able to take the court for his new team quite yet. It's possible he'll suit up for Sunday's game.
News: Clarke will not play during Saturday's summer league game against the Pacers, David Cobb of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Impact: With the NBA still working on processing trades, Clarke, whose draft rights were acquired via trade, is unable to play in summer league Saturday. There's a chance he'll be able to play during Sunday's contest.
News: Melton will not be available for Saturday's summer league game against the Pacers, David Cobb of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Impact: Melton's trade to the Grizzlies has yet to be officially processed by the NBA. As a result, he can't suit up for Memphis' summer league squad.
News: Howard was traded to the Grizzlies on Friday in exchange for CJ Miles, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Howard was limited to just nine appearances last season after dealing with a back injury that ultimately required surgery. The trade saves Memphis $3.1 million in cap space, and the team seemingly plans to trade or waive Howard. When Howard played in 81 games for Charlotte in 2017-18, he averaged 30.4 minutes, 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
News: Watanabe will play in summer league for the Grizzlies.
Impact: Watanabe played a limited role for Memphis last season, totaling 174 minutes in 15 games. He'll look to continue his development over the summer.
News: Washburn is on the Grizzlies' summer league roster.
Impact: Washburn appeared 18 games for the Grizzlies last year, averaging 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.1 minutes. He'll enter summer league in hopes of demonstrating tangible improvements that could lead to a boost in minutes in 2019-20.
News: Caboclo will participate in summer league with the Grizzlies.
Impact: The 23-year-old saw the biggest role of his career last season, averaging 23.5 minutes across 34 games, which included 19 starts. That said, he still has to prove he's capable of being a rotational player for a competitive squad.
News: Parsons was traded to the Hawks on Wednesday in exchange for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Parsons, who has been having repeated injury problems, hasn't played over 700 minutes since the 2015-16 season. The Grizzlies were likely anxious to get his salary off the books, as he's owed $25.1 million next season. This deal ultimately comes down to an exchange of bloated salaries, and it's unlikely Parsons plays a significant role in Atlanta.
News: Iguodala, whom the Grizzlies acquired from the Warriors on Sunday, could be bought out by Memphis, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The Grizzlies didn't proactively trade for Iguodala; instead, Memphis made the deal to pick up a 2024 protected first-round pick while the Warriors looked to shed salary to afford free-agent pickup D'Angelo Russell. With that in mind, the veteran doesn't project as an ideal fit for a rebuilding club that could re-sign restricted free agent Delon Wright and already has fellow wing Kyle Anderson (shoulder) under contract for the next three seasons. According to MacMahon, the Rockets are one of several teams who have expressed interest in signing Iguodala -- who is owed $17.19 million for the upcoming season -- on a cheaper deal.
News: Iguodala was traded from the Warriors to the Grizzlies in exchange for a 2024 protected first-round pick, a 2025 protected first-round pick and a 2026 unprotected pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: After the Warriors agreed to a sign-and-trade for D'Angelo Russell, they've elected to move Iguodala as a way to clear up some cap space. Iguodala has been a valuable piece of the puzzle for Golden State over the years, especially in the playoffs, but he'll move on to an up-and-coming Memphis squad.
News: Valanciunas (ankle) has agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract to remain with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: In the trade that sent Marc Gasol to the Raptors, the Grizzlies acquired Valanciunas. He saw a huge uptick in role once in Memphis, seeing his usage rate climb above 30 percent for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old is expected to start in the frontcourt next to Jaren Jackson. That duo, along with No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant, will help usher in a new youth movement for the Grizzlies, who dealt veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Jazz earlier in the offseason.
News: Valanciunas (ankle) is expected to sign a three-year, $45 million extension with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Valanciunas declined his player option with Memphis a couple weeks ago and is taking a slight decrease in pay for the added security of additional years on his deal. In 19 games for the Grizzlies in 2019, the center recorded 19.9 points, 10.7 rebound, and 2.2 assists in 27.7 minutes per game. He'll figure to slot in as the team's starting center this coming season.
News: Morant (knee) will not participate in Salt Lake City Summer League with the Grizzlies.
Impact: Morant underwent surgery on June 3 to remove a loose body from his knee. The recovery period is three-to-four weeks, so Morant should be close to healthy by now. Still, Memphis will look to exercise caution with the No. 2 overall pick, who figures to lead the Grizzlies' offense next season. It's possible Morant participates in Las Vegas Summer League.
News: Rabb is on the Grizzlies' summer league roster.
Impact: Rabb has been a deep bench option at center for the Grizzlies over the past two seasons. He'll be turning 22 next season with the hopes of showing off his development during summer league.
News: Carter is on the Grizzlies' summer league roster.
Impact: The 32nd overall pick in the 2018 Draft out of West Virginia, Carter had a relatively small role for the Grizzlies last season, totaling 577 minutes. He's primarily known for his defensive upside, and it's possible Carter will be using summer league to work on his offense.
News: The Grizzlies will not extend a qualifying offer to Dorsey, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Oregon product split last season between Atlanta and Memphis, and he had a relatively strong finish to the season, averaging 14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists over his final 11 games with the Grizzlies. Per Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies may entertain bringing Dorsey back on a new deal later this summer.
News: Wright had the qualifying offer extended to him by the Grizzlies, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wright saw his role increase dramatically once he was traded to Memphis from Toronto. Once with the Grizzlies, he averaged 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 30.8 minutes. If he remains in Memphis, his role could be reduced by the addition of Ja Morant. However, it's possible that Wright continues to make strides, as he'll be entering his age 27 season.