Category: Memphis Grizzlies


Chauncey Billups is one of several players returning to a former home in 2013 free agency (Image | ABC)

Chauncey Billups is one of several players returning to a former home in 2013 free agency (Image | ABC)

Free-agent season is often the most unpredictable month of the NBA calendar. Mixed in with the inevitable re-signings and weeks-long dramas that everyone loses interest in are a clutch of utterly unpredictable stories of new arrivals (and homecomings) that change the landscape of the league.

With that in mind, we’ve picked out the top 20 free agent moves of the summer so far.

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Tayshaun Prince (left) and Rudy Gay are two of the three players trading places for the first time (Image | US Presswire)

Tayshaun Prince (left) and Rudy Gay are two of the three players trading places for the first time (Image | US Presswire)

The Memphis Grizzlies have already made one massive step backwards in the trade market since Christmas, by sending Marreese Speights and Josh Selby to Cleveland in return for D-Leaguer Jon Leuer, but this week they all but sealed their departure from the category of “Western Conference elite” by dealing Rudy Gay to Toronto in the biggest trade of the season so far.

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Scorer OJ Mayo has impressed in the Playoffs, but his future in Memphis remains uncertain heading into the off-season.

The Memphis Grizzlies failed to repeat their first-round heroics of last year, coming up short in the elimination game against the Clippers at the FedEx Forum Sunday.

In the end it was the Clippers’ bench which powered the visitors through to their second-round matchup with the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Swingmang Nick Young, sophomore Eric Bledsoe, point guard Mo Williams and forward Kenyon Martin combined to score 41 of the Clippers’ 92 points, outscoring the Memphis bench by 30. Martin and reserve big man Reggie Evans collected a combined 19 rebounds, helping Los Angeles to a narrow 46-44 edge in that category.

For Memphis, their season over early after that unforgettable Game 1 collapse and numerous missed opportunities in close games like 3 and 4, the discussions start now.

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Dwyane Wade’s ongoing injury problems are forcing the Heat to switch style

Given that the season started just one month after the NBA’s damaging and embarrassing lockout ended, and that teams had one week for training camp (not two) and two preseason games (not the usual six or seven), it was unavoidable, even expected, that there would be injuries around the league – but boy are they coming thick and fast. Already, Miami’s Big Two-and-a-Half has been reduced to the Big One-and-a-Half, as Dwyane Wade struggles with various nagging leg injuries, and on one occasion, even the Big Half as LeBron James joined his running mate on the sidelines and left Chris Bosh to lead an otherwise rather short Miami roster. (As a Bosh sympathiser, if not supporter, I feel obliged to point out that he had a massive game – 33 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks – to lead the Heat to victory over the Hawks.)

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