Memphis Grizzlies Player News: All Positions

News: Winslow (back) noted that he is "pain-free and symptom-free" and plans to "get right back into the swing of things" when the season resumes, Michael Wallace of Grind City Media reports.
Impact: Winslow was set to return to play right when the season stopped, so it makes sense that he's feeling 100 percent. He was dealt to the Grizzlies on Feb. 5 but hasn't yet had an opportunity to suit up for his new team.
News: Jackson (knee) is expected to be available to play whenever the NBA's hiatus ends, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Jackson already appeared to have an outside shot of returning from a nine-game absence March 12 in Portland, but any hope of that happening was nixed when the NBA suspended its season earlier that day. With the benefit of three extra weeks of recovery time -- and most likely, at least another two months of time off to come -- Jackson shouldn't face any restrictions by the time the Grizzlies are cleared to resume training. Prior to getting hurt, the second-year big man was averaging 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 assists and 0.7 steals in 28 minutes per game over his 54 appearances.
News: Clarke (quadriceps) is expected to be available to play when the NBA resumes its season, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Clarke had already been on track to play before the regular season's initial end date in mid-April, so the fact that the season likely won't be resumed until mid-to-late June in a best-case scenario should provide the rookie with more than enough time to move past the right quadriceps injury. Once play resumes, Clarke will fill his familiar role as the Grizzlies' first big man off the bench. He's been one of the league's most efficient players this season, posting a 67.0 true shooting percentage to go along with averages of 12.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 blocks in 21.7 minutes per contest.
News: Winslow (back) is expected to be available to make his Grizzlies debut whenever the NBA season resumes, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports. "I felt great," Winslow said after going through a five-on-five practice March 11, the Grizzlies' final session before the NBA went on hiatus. "It felt great while I'm playing and great on the recovery side."
Impact: Coach Taylor Jenkins was similarly positive about how Winslow looked during that session, indicating the trade-deadline pickup likely would have been cleared to play had the Grizzlies' game against the Trail Blazers a day later not been postponed. The extended break should only help Winslow put his lingering back injury in the rear-view mirror, though it's unclear exactly what his role will look like right away when the season resumes. Teammate Dillon Brooks hinted that the Grizzlies will likely insert Winslow into the starting five, with the 24-year-old presumably replacing Kyle Anderson and slotting into a wing spot alongside Brooks and point guard Ja Morant in that lineup arrangement. Before being traded from Miami, Winslow averaged 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 32.0 minutes per game, but he shot just 38.8 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from behind the arc.
News: Jackson finished with 15 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), one board, four assists, and one steal in 20 minutes of a 120-115 loss to Orlando on Tuesday.
Impact: Jackson scored in double figures for the fifth straight game while also providing one of his team's highlights of the night when he showed off a series of fakes to reach the basket for the bucket despite the foul. Jackson has had a solid month of March, and but what made this outing unique was the efficiency he showed from the floor, getting the job done despite taking fewer than 10 shots in the contest.
News: Brooks finished with 21 points (7-16 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), one assist and one steal in 34 minutes of a 120-115 loss to Orlando on Tuesday.
Impact: Brooks reached 20 points for the first time this month thanks to an effective shooting day from behind the arc. But while he found his stroke from deep after some recent struggles, he shot just 33.3 percent from inside the arc and was held off the glass in the loss.
News: Morant finished with 21 points (7-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-8 FT), four boards, five assists and one steal in 35 minutes of a 120-115 loss to Orlando on Tuesday.
Impact: Morant reached the 20-point mark for the second straight game, but went cold from deep in the loss which dropped his shooting below 50 percent. The rookie sensation can be a streaky shooter at times, but he's been consistent in other aspects, racking up at least five assists in each contest this month.
News: Valanciunas finished with 27 points (9-10 FG, 9-13 FT), 16 boards, one block and one steal in 36 minutes of a 120-115 loss to Orlando on Tuesday,
Impact: Valanciunas turned in another big day, owning the glass while making his presence felt when he got the ball on the offensive side of the floor as well. The rest of his teammates couldn't match his effort, as he had four of his team's seven offensive rebounds in the game. His performance continued his run of good form, with seven double-doubles in his last eight games.
News: The Grizzlies officially ruled Allen (hip) out for the season earlier this month, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Memphis had been vague about Allen's recovery timeline since the left hip injury first surfaced in late January, even after his college coach, Mike Krzyzewski, leaked the news about a month ago that the second-year guard would be sidelined for the remainder of the season. The Grizzlies have now confirmed that Allen won't return in 2019-20, while also providing a new diagnosis for his injury, which is being termed a "left hip displacement." Allen will most likely be ready to go for the start of training camp in the fall.
News: The Grizzlies announced Monday that Clarke (quadriceps) remains without a definitive return date, though the club anticipates that he'll play again this season, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports.
Impact: In the same press release, the Grizzlies noted that both Jaren Jackson (knee) and Justise Winslow (back) are expected to return to action "within the next week," so Clarke can safely be ruled out for all three of Memphis' games this week. Prior to getting hurt, Clarke was in the midst of a productive season as the Grizzlies' top big man off the bench. Through his 50 appearances, the 23-year-old rookie is averaging 12.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.7 minutes while shooting 62.3 percent from the floor, 40.4 percent from distance and 78.5 percent from the charity stripe.
News: Memphis announced Monday that it expects Jackson (knee) to return to game action "within the next week," Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports.
Impact: Jackson's sprained left knee will keep him sidelined for a ninth straight game Tuesday versus the Magic, but based on the timeline provided by the team, the second-year big man could be available as soon as Thursday in Portland. Whenever he gets the green light to play, Jackson should immediately settle back in as the starting power forward for Memphis, which has remained competitive during his absence to maintain its lead for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
News: Winslow (back) will be assigned to the Memphis Hustle in order to take part in the team's Monday practice and will be immediately recalled.
Impact: Although he remains without a concrete timetable for a return, Winslow's inclusion in the Hustle's practice is a signal that he's making steps in his recovery from a back injury that's sidelined him for much of the season. Look for additional updates to come out as he hits various benchmarks while ramping up his activities in practice.
News: Porter signed a multi-year contract with the Grizzlies on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., Jontay has battled through multiple severe knee injuries, which caused him to go undrafted out of Missouri in 2019. Porter has spent much of the season rehabbing, and he likely won't be back at full strength until training camp in advance of the 2020-21 season. The deal with the Grizzlies is guaranteed for the rest of the 2019-20 season, with a team option for 2020-21.
News: Brooks scored 13 points (4-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT) while adding four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes during Saturday's 118-101 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Brooks hasn't topped the 15-point plateau in four straight games, but the most worrying stat is the fact that he is shooting just 33.9 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from three-point range during that four-game stretch. He will try to turn things around Tuesday at home against the Magic.
News: Jackson went for 17 points (6-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-8 FT), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 118-101 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Jackson has enjoyed a great run off the bench for the Grizzlies and he's now scored at least 16 points in four straight contests. He's not expected to crack the starting lineup any time soon, but he should remain a decent fantasy contributor if he keeps scoring like this moving forward.
News: Morant notched 24 points (8-12 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block in 31 minutes during Saturday's 118-101 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Morant was coming off three straight performances where he couldn't top the 15-point mark, but he bounced back in a big way while facing one of the best young guards in the league in Trae Young. Morant remains the odds-on favorite to win the Rookie Of The Year Award, and his performances in March have been impressive thus far. The Murray State product has averaged 15.8 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 66.7 percent from deep during the month.
News: Valanciunas erupted for 27 points (10-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-10 FT), 17 rebounds, three blocks and two assists across 32 minutes in Saturday's 118-101 win over the Hawks.
Impact: The Hawks have had trouble slowing down centers all season, and the status quo held true as Valanciunas continued to stay hot. The Grizzlies big man has now recorded double-doubles in six of his last seven outings, averaging 16.6 points and 16.1 boards over that stretch while shooting 62.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe. Expect him to continue to benefit from an uptick in production while the Grizzlies play without Jaren Jackson (knee) and Brandon Clarke (quadriceps).
News: Melton posted zero points (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one block across 15 minutes during Friday's 121-96 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: The only stats to Melton's name Friday were one block and two turnovers, making it one of his worst performances of the season. It was the first time he failed to make a field goal since Nov. 25 when he saw just six minutes in a loss to the Pacers. He'll look to bounce back against the Hawks on Saturday.
News: Morant posted 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists and four rebounds across 32 minutes in Friday's 121-96 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Morant suffered through his worst scoring total since mid-January and also fouled out for the first time this season in Friday's loss. The talented rookie is the driving force behind Memphis' offensive attack, but he's known for the occasional drop-off in production. Still, his assist totals are remarkably consistent, ranking 12th in the league with an average of 7.0 assists per game.
News: Valanciunas tallied 14 points (7-8 FG), 11 rebounds and an assist across 28 minutes in Friday's 121-96 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Valaniunas recorded his 31st double-double of the season despite getting bottled up by Kristaps Porzingis in the contest. The Grizzlies are dealing with a decimated frontcourt due to injury, so it will be up to Valanciunas to produce as they try to stay relevant in the playoff race.
News: Jackson provided 16 points (7-15 FG, 2-8 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 22 minutes in Friday's 121-96 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Jackson has emerged as a vital component for the team due to the absence of Jaren Jackson (knee) and Brandon Clarke (quad). The Grizzlies seem content to bring him in with the second unit, which keeps his salary low in DFS play. While Memphis continues to deal with losses in the frontcourt, Jackson is a viable budget pick in all formats.
News: Brooks generated 15 points (5-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a steal across 30 minutes in Friday's 121-96 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: All of the Grizzlies starters suffered a downward slide in production in the blowout loss. Aa Memphis tries to hang on to a playoff spot, Brooks has ramped up production at the tight time while the team deals with the loss of Jaren Jackson (knee) and Brandon Clarke (quad). With a stellar 32-point game against the Kings and a 24-point showing against the Lakers recently added to his resume, Brooks is an excellent upside target down the stretch.
News: Dieng posted six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds and two blocks across 19 minutes during Wednesday's 118-79 victory over the Nets.
Impact: Dieng was excellent on the glass and on defense in limited action, helping hold off the Nets, who were on the second night of a back-to-back. With the performance, Dieng became just the second player over the past 10 years to post 14 boards and two blocks in 19 or fewer minutes -- the other being Salah Mejri in 2017. Over the past seven games, Dieng is averaging 9.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steal in 22.4 minutes, seeing extended run due to the absences of Jaren Jackson (knee) and Brandon Clarke (quadriceps).
News: Valanciunas posted nine points (4-9 FG, 1-1 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists and one block across 26 minutes during Wednesday's 118-79 victory over the Nets.
Impact: Valanciunas has helped keep the Grizzlies afloat over the past five games in the absences of both Jaren Jackson (knee) and Brandon Clarke (quad). During this stretch, he's averaging 15.0 points on 10.8 shots, plus 17.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27.4 minutes while Memphis has gone 3-2, holding three straight opponents to under 90 points.
News: Valanciunas posted nine points (4-9 FG, 1-1 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists and one block across 26 minutes during Wednesday's 118-79 victory over the Nets.
Impact: Valanciunas has helped keep the Grizzlies afloat over the past five games in the absences of both Jaren Jackson (knee) and Brandon Clarke (quad). During this stretch, he's averaging 15.0 points on 10.8 shots, plus 17.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27.4 minutes while Memphis has gone 3-2, holding three straight opponents to under 90 points.
News: Morant notched 15 points (6-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 118-79 win at Brooklyn.
Impact: Morant failed to top the 15-point mark for the second straight game, but the rookie point guard does enough across the board to remain relevant even when he's not scoring. The Murray State product has dished out five or more assists in five straight games, and he is averaging 8.8 dimes per game during that span.
News: Jackson registered 19 points (6-12 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two steals and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 118-79 win at Brooklyn.
Impact: Jackson has topped the 10-point plateau in five of his last eight games, and he seems to be trending in the right direction. That said, most of his value should be tied to his scoring figures. Considering he only posts value in that aspect, he needs to keep making buckets off the bench to have any sort of value moving forward.
News: Jones notched 18 points (6-13 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six assists and five rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 118-79 win at Brooklyn.
Impact: Jones has topped the 15-point plateau in each of his last two appearances and seems to be settling as Ja Morant's main backup alternative. Jones had a stretch of six games scoring in double digits earlier this season but, for the most part, his numbers have been so inconsistent that he can't be trusted from a fantasy perspective night in and night out.
News: Anderson accumulated three points (1-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 21 minutes during Monday's 127-88 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: As the Grizzlies continue to be undermanned due to frontcourt injuries, Anderson continues to garner starts. He's started 11 consecutive games, but he's averaged only 7.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.4 minutes. Considering he has a usage rate of just 14.3 percent on the season, it's unlikely there's anything that will make him fantasy relevant this season outside of seeing nearly 40 minutes.
News: Tolliver played 19 minutes off the bench and provided 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-5 3Pt) and three rebounds Monday in the Grizzlies' 127-88 win over the Hawks.
Impact: After first agreeing to a 10-day deal with Memphis only a few hours prior to tipoff, Tolliver didn't even have the benefit of taking part in shootaround with his new team. That didn't stop coach Taylor Jenkins from turning to Tolliver right away, as the veteran got off the bench in the first quarter before the game even turned into a blowout. Tolliver was able to light it up from distance in his debut, with his 12 points exceeding his combined output (nine) from his nine games with Sacramento before the Kings waived him Saturday. He looks poised to stick around in the rotation as a backup power forward at least until the Grizzlies return one of Jaren Jackson (knee), Brandon Clarke (quadriceps) or Justise Winslow (back) from injury.
News: Jones posted 15 points (6-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine assists, four steals and one rebound across 19 minutes during Monday's 127-88 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Jones put on his best performance of the season in the victory, scoring efficiently while tying season highs in both assists and steals. He also committed just one turnover. Only five other players this season have a game with at least 15 points, nine assists, four steals and one or fewer turnover. Impressively, Jones' effort was in just 19 minutes, while the next fewest amount of court-time needed to achieve the feat was 27 minutes by Jimmy Butler.
News: Jackson finished with 16 points (4-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three boards, four assists, three blocks and two steals in 24 minutes of a 125-88 win against the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: Jackson put up a solid effort across the board in his team's win, likely benefiting from the extended playing time that came with his team's sizable lead. He's seen 20-plus minutes five times in the last six games, and Jackson's scoring average has risen to 11.3 points in that stretch. Still, his contributions are generally limited for fantasy purposes.
News: Dieng finished with 17 points (6-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 10 boards, one assist, one block and one steal in 26 minutes of a 125-88 win against the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: This was his third double-double since the All-Star break; not coincidentally, it was also his second-highest minute total since coming to the Grizzlies in early February. Dieng is a second-unit option, but can put up numbers when given the opportunity.
News: Morant had 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 FT), four boards, five assists and a block in 24 minutes of a 125-88 win against the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: With Memphis jumping out to an early lead, Morant got more rest than usual, which impacted his production. The 2019 draft's No. 2 overall pick is in the midst of a big-time rookie season, leading all first-year players in both total points (970) and assists (385).
News: Valanciunas finished with 15 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 15 boards and two assists in 25 minutes of a 125-88 win against the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: Valanciunas turned in his fourth straight double-double as his team cruised to an easy win against the overmatched Hawks. The veteran has been a rebounding machine for the Grizzlies, with his 11.0 per game representing the first time in his eight NBA seasons that he's averaged double figures in that category.
News: Tolliver signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The veteran was waived by the Kings on Saturday, and after numerous inquires from various squads, Tolliver has officially latched on with the Grizzlies. Although it's a 10-day contract, Tolliver will likely seize plentiful opportunities to make an impact, as the Grizzlies are batting the injury bug, especially at the power forward position. Tolliver averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 42 appearances with Portland and Sacramento this season.
News: Winslow (back) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Hawks.
Impact: The Grizzlies expect Winslow to return at some point this season, but the club hasn't offered a concrete target date for him to resume practicing since they acquired him from the Heat prior to the Feb. 6 trade deadline. With no word arriving that Winslow has resumed on-court work at this point, he can probably be ruled out for all four of the Grizzlies' games this week.
News: Allen (hip) remains out indefinitely ahead of Monday's game against the Hawks.
Impact: The Grizzlies haven't put any sort of timeline on Allen's return to action since he was diagnosed with a sore left hip coming out of his Jan. 24 appearance against the Pistons. Allen's college coach at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski, let the news slip a few weeks ago that the swingman would be sidelined for the rest of the season, but the Grizzlies have yet to confirm as much. In any event, with no news surfacing that Allen is even close to returning to practice, he can safely be ruled out for all four of the Grizzlies' games during the upcoming week.
News: Valanciunas posted 22 points (10-15 FG, 2-2 FT), 20 rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes during Saturday's 105-88 win over the Lakers.
Impact: Valanciunas has now grabbed 20 or more rebounds in back-to-back games, but he's also scoring at a consistent, effective rate with three straight games topping the 15-point mark. He has three straight double-doubles and is ending February on a hot streak.
News: Brooks registered 24 points (9-24 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and five rebounds in 35 minutes during Saturday's 105-88 win over the Lakers.
Impact: Brooks has topped the 20-point mark in each of his last three games, and he seems to be getting hotter for the stretch run of the regular season. His 41.7 percent from the field during that three-game stretch isn't ideal, but the talented shooting guard has been producing enough to avoid his poor percentages -- at least for now.
News: Morant exploded for 27 points (10-16 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 14 assists, six rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes during Saturday's 105-88 win over the Lakers.
Impact: Morant notched his second straight double-double and looked impressive across the board while facing the top team in the Western Conference. The rookie point guard ended February averaging 6.8 assists per game and will aim to extend his double-double streak Monday at Atlanta against Trae Young, another of the top point guards in the league.
News: Brooks registered 32 points (12-22 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one block in 40 minutes during Friday's 104-101 loss against the Kings.
Impact: Brooks topped the 30-point plateau for the third time this season but his value here was mostly tied to what he did scoring the rock. That has been the case through most of the season, as the shooting guard -- who signed a contract extension with the Grizzlies earlier this month -- is averaging a career-best 15.6 points per game in 2019-20.
News: Valanciunas notched 13 points (4-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), a career-high 25 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes during Friday's 104-101 loss against the Kings.
Impact: Valanciunas was an absolute monster on the glass since he grabbed 20 or more rebounds just for the fifth time in his career. His scoring figures have been inconsistent so far, but most of his values crom from what he can do on the glass. The Lithuanian big man has grabbed double-digit boards in nine of 10 games this month, and he is averaging 13.7 boards per contest during February.
News: Morant notched 20 points (7-17 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 11 assists and three rebounds in 35 minutes during Friday's 104-101 loss against the Kings.
Impact: The rookie point guard has seen his passing numbers decrease a bit since he's averaging 6.1 dimes per game in February, as opposed to the 8.3 per game he averaged during January. He seems to have taken a bigger role when it comes to scoring, however, as he is putting up 17.9 points per game during the current month -- that's the highest figure in a single month since he was scoring 19.0 points per game during November.
News: Jackson posted five points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 23 minutes Wednesday in the Grizzlies' 140-112 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Coming off three straight double-digit scoring outings in which he converted at a 53.3 percent clip from the field, Jackson looked like a good bet to take on an increased role while Jaren Jackson (knee) joined Brandon Clarke (quadriceps) in street clothes Wednesday. Jackson ultimately noticed no real uptick in playing time and saw his scoring production drop off, as coach Taylor Jenkins instead gave more run to the likes of De'Anthony Melton (24 minutes), John Konchar (17 minutes) and Yuta Watanabe (16 minutes). Watanabe's elevated run in particular looked to be mostly a product of the blowout, so Jackson could have an opportunity to push for a 25-to-30-minute role in more competitive games while Jackson and Clarke are both expected to remain out for multiple weeks.
News: Uthoff signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A former standout at Iowa, Uthoff has spent much of the last three-and-a-half seasons playing overseas and in the G League. In 34 appearances for the Memphis Hustle this season, Uthoff averaged 18.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 34.9 minutes. A 37 percent three-point shooter, Uthoff will provide some insurance to a frontcourt dealing with injuries to Brandon Clarke (quad), Jaren Jackson (knee) and Justise Winslow (back).
News: Valanciunas had 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 140-112 loss to Houston.
Impact: Valanciunas actually had a decent game despite the fact the Rockets play exclusively small-ball these days. Those with shares in him have to be pleased with the production, especially given his recent performances. Over the past two weeks, Valanciunas is outside the top 200 and has failed to record a block in his last four games. He is going to be better than this moving forward, and right now could be a good time to try and buy low.
News: Brooks produced 22 points (9-26 FG, 4-10 3Pt), three assists and one rebound in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 140-112 loss to Houston.
Impact: Brooks scored in excess of 20 points for the first time this month, a feat he achieved 10 times during January. Over the past two weeks, he is outside the top 350, so this was a welcome sight for those that may have been holding him in competitive leagues. The 26 shot attempts were a season high and although he converted on only nine, perhaps this is the start of a nice stretch for Brooks.
News: Dieng finished with 10 points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 140-112 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Dieng has been one of the hottest pickups over the past few days but was unable to make the most of his emerging role. If you added him prior to this game, you would be well advised to hold given this was arguably the worst matchup thinkable for Dieng. The Grizzlies will host the Kings on Friday and we should look for Dieng to put up a much-improved performance in that one.
News: Melton had nine points (3-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 140-112 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Melton shifted into the starting lineup Wednesday but struggled to get anything going, recording a team-worst minus-26 in his 24 minutes. Poor performance aside, this is certainly an interesting development, although it may have been simply a matchup-based move. If Melton does remain in the starting lineup, he certainly has to be viewed as a 12-team pickup in most formats.
News: Melton will start Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Coach Taylor Jenkins will opt for a smaller starting lineup with usual starting power forward Brandon Clarke out due to a quadriceps injury. Melton, who will join the first unit in Clarke's stead, has averaged 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 18.7 minutes so far this year.
News: Clarke has a right quadriceps injury and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Impact: The rookie first-round pick was believed to be dealing with a right hip injury, but an MRI instead revealed an issue with his quad. The specifics remain unclear, but Clarke will miss seven games as a result, and possibly more. The timing couldn't be worse for the Grizzlies, as Jaren Jackson (knee) is facing a similar recovery timeline. Josh Jackson, Jordan Bell and Gorgui Dieng figure to see increased run in the meantime.
News: Clarke (hip) won't play in Wednesday's contest against Houston.
Impact: The rookie will miss his first contest since Jan. 31 after suffering an apparent hip injury during Monday's loss against the Lakers. With Jaren Jackson (knee) out as well, Josh Jackson will presumably see increased run Wednesday against the Rockets.
News: Konchar finished with eight points (4-4 FG, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one block in 18 minutes during Monday's 124-97 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Konchar saw decent run Monday as the Grizzlies continue to trend in the wrong direction. Up until this point, Konchar has had no fantasy value at all and perhaps this is a one-off. However, the Grizzlies are battling a couple of key injuries and Konchar certainly has the ability to contribute in multiple categories when given the opportunity. Those in deeper formats should keep an eye on the rotations moving forward.
News: Melton produced just five points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound and one assist in 19 minutes during Monday's 124-97 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Melton struggled again Monday, failing to deliver in the blowout loss. The Grizzlies are on a three-game losing streak right now and things are certainly not looking positive regarding their playoff aspirations. Despite sitting in the eighth-seed, a number of injuries and poor play could spell an end to their hopes of post-season action. Melton is a tough hold in 12-team leagues at the moment and unless you can play the waiting game, you might need to move on.
News: Dieng totaled 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, four blocks and one steal in 28 minutes during Monday's 124-97 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Dieng played a team-high 28 minutes Monday as the injury list in Memphis continues to grow. Brandon Clarke (hip) was only able to play four minutes before leaving the game, affording Dieng with a nice opportunity to flaunt his wares. He has a proven ability to put up numbers whenever the playing time is there and until we get word on Clarke's injury, Dieng is worth adding in most competitive formats.
News: Watanabe was transferred from the Memphis Hustle to the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Impact: After putting up 27 points and 12 rebounds on 57.1 percent shooting in a win against Rio Grande on Saturday, Watanabe was called up to the NBA on Tuesday. However, considering the 25-year-old has appeared in just nine NBA games this season and has only scored in three of those games, do not expect Watanabe to have too much of a fantasy impact.