Owner: Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s jersey in future
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A day after trading Marc Gasol to Toronto, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies says the franchise will retire the center's No. 33 jersey some day in the future.
Owner Robert Pera issued a statement Friday morning after the franchise confirmed the trade netting Memphis a trio of players and a second-round draft pick in the 2024 draft.
PORTLAND, ORE. Shabazz Muhammads release left the Wolves with two open roster spots and just 10 available players for Thursdays game against Portland because Jimmy Butler is rehabilitating in Minnesota and guard Aaron Brooks was away from the team for personal reasons.
Asked if his team now must sign a free agent or two, Tom Thibodeau called it a possibility, and said we could. Available free agents include guards Derrick Rose and Tony Allen, who both played for Thibodeau in the past.
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. The Timberwolves move on without injured star Jimmy Butler by inserting Nemanja Bjelica into the starting lineup at small forward and sliding Andrew Wiggins into Butlers big-guard spot.
Bulls waive Tony Allen after acquiring veteran last week
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have waived guard/forward Tony Allen after acquiring him in a trade last week.
The 14-year veteran came to Chicago in the deal that sent Nikola Mirotic to New Orleans. Allen averaged 4.7 points in 22 games for the Pelicans before breaking his leg. He has not played since Dec. 10, though he returned to New Orleans' active roster just before the trade.
Injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is going home.
Shazier was released from the hospital on Thursday, nearly two months after suffering a spinal injury in a victory over Cincinnati. The Pro Bowler underwent spine stabilization on Dec. 6 and while he was able to travel a bit, including visiting team practices and making appearances at Heinz Field for games, he returned to the hospital each evening.
Pelicans acquire Mirotic from Bulls for 3 players and pick
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans acquired forward Nikola Mirotic and a second-round draft pick from the Chicago Bulls for center Omer Asik, guards Jameer Nelson and Tony Allen, and a first-round pick.
The trade, announced by both teams late Thursday afternoon, comes less than a week after New Orleans lost All-Star DeMarcus Cousins for the season because of a left Achilles tear — and with the Pelicans still in the playoff picture.
Tony Allen questionable for Tuesday’s game vs. Kings; Charles Cooke rejoins team from G League transfer
The New Orleans Pelicans expect to have an extra pair of guards available for Tuesday's 7 p.m. tipoff against the Sacramento Kings at the Smoothie King Center.
Veteran reserve guard Tony Allen, who has missed 22 consecutive games since Dec. 10 with a fractured left fibula, is available to play versus the Kings, coach Alvin Gentry said hours before tipoff.
Allen hasn't played since logging 1 minute, 16 seconds on Dec. 10. The 14-year veteran is averaging 4.7 points in 22 games this season.
Marc Gasol talks Fizdale firing and Grizzlies struggles
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol wants to clear up a few things with the Memphis Grizzlies struggling through one of the worst stretches in franchise history, doing his best to defend himself.
No, Gasol says he did not get David Fizdale fired as head coach.
Yes, Gasol had a strained relationship with Fizdale before the firing.
Gasol called letting forward Zach Randolph and guard Tony Allen leave as free agents last summer a mistake.
Pelicans’ Allen out 3-4 weeks with fibula fracture
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say guard Tony Allen has been diagnosed with a fibula fracture in his left leg and is expected to miss three to four weeks.
The 6-foot-4 Allen, whose injury was announced on Tuesday, has appeared in 22 games for New Orleans this season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game.
As Memphis, Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah all went before them this past decade, the Timberwolves have turned toward age and experience to elevate a young rising team.
New-look Grizzlies leaning heavily on Parsons in new era
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies made significant roster moves during the offseason and still believe they can extend the franchise's streak of seven straight playoff appearances.
It all hinges on the health of Chandler Parsons' knees.
Conley: Fans, not players, make Memphis’ home Grindhouse
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph left for Sacramento. Tony Allen, aka the Grindfather who gave the Grizzlies' home its Grindhouse nickname, will be wearing a Pelicans' jersey on opening night in Memphis.
Pelicans add free-agent guard Tony Allen to the roster
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans signed free-agent guard Tony Allen on Friday, and a pair of free-agent forwards also agreed to terms with New Orleans.
Allen's contract is worth $2.3 million for one year, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms have not been disclosed.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen is out indefinitely with a strained calf muscle in his right leg as his team gets ready for its Western Conference playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Grizzlies announced Thursday that Allen "will be continually re-evaluated while beginning rehab immediately."
Allen was injured Wednesday as the Grizzlies closed the regular season with a 100-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Grizzlies’ Allen gets night off against Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Memphis shooting guard Tony Allen has been ruled out for the Grizzlies' game at New Orleans due to a sore left knee.
Coach David Fizdale says the Grizzlies want to be cautious so Allen's injury doesn't turn into something more serious as the regular season winds down. Fizdale says Allen also has earned the rest with his hustle for Memphis, which carried a four-game win streak into Tuesday night's game against the Pelicans.
Memphis has healthy roster for playoff push in stretch run
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies' latest injury reports need a second glance, they appear a bit suspect.
Nobody is listed as hurt or nursing an injury. If someone is out, it's simply for rest.
No knee problems requiring forward Chandler Parsons to sit. No ankle issues for reserve forward Brandan Wright. No lingering problems from point guard Mike Conley's broken back earlier this season, and no more groin issues for defensive stalwart Tony Allen.
Green sparks short-handed Grizzlies over Timberwolves 107-99
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The excuses were right there for the Memphis Grizzlies. End of a 10-day trip, second night of back-to-back, three key players getting the night off.
They were having none of it, the latest chapter of toughness in a franchise history rich with it.
JaMychal Green scored a career-high 29 points and the short-handed Grizzlies grinded out a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
Home cooking: Wiz top Grizz 104-101, 13th win in row in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Somehow, according to Tony Allen, the Memphis Grizzlies did not spend too much time discussing how to defend Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. heading into Wednesday night's game.
Porter hit a career-high six 3-pointers, the better-known John Wall made two key late layups, and both players finished with 25 points, helping the Wizards edge the Grizzlies 104-101 for their 13th consecutive home win.
Allen has season-high 22 as Grizzlies down Rockets 110-105
HOUSTON (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have developed a knack for beating the best in the West.
They did it again on Friday night, rallying from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit for a 110-105 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Tony Allen scored a season-high 22 points and Mike Conley added 17 as the Grizzlies, who are sixth in the West, improved to 4-0 combined against the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors this season.
Conley scores 22 to lead Memphis past Kings 112-98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mike Conley had 22 points and eight rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used a big third quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-98 on Saturday.
JaMychal Green made four of Memphis' 17 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter each scored 14, and Tony Allen and Troy Daniels had 11 points apiece.
The Grizzlies went 17 for 35 from long range while avenging an earlier home loss to the Kings.
Thomas scores career-high 44, Celtics beat Grizzlies in OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — After an anemic first half for the Boston Celtics, guard Isaiah Thomas knew things had to change.
Thomas took it upon himself to push the Celtics past a 17-point second-half deficit and into overtime for a 112-109 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
Thomas scored a career-high 44 points, including 36 after halftime. He also matched his career best for 3-pointers, going 7 of 10 from outside the arc.
Cousins, Koufos lead Kings to 96-92 win over Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Sacramento coach Dave Joerger returned to Memphis and left town with a win against his former team.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 points, Kosta Koufos had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings weathered a late Memphis rally for a 96-92 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night.
Minus top 3 players, Cavaliers lose 93-85 to Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The defending NBA champion Cavaliers left an average of almost 71 points per game back in Cleveland.
The result was their lowest-scoring output of the season and a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
With stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love resting in Ohio, the Grizzlies built an early lead, extended it to 15 in the first half and 25 in the fourth quarter before coasting to a 93-85 victory over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Grizzlies dominate Warriors for sixth straight victory
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Grizzlies bolted out of the starting gate and never looked back.
The Warriors weren't exactly gaining on them anyway.
Marc Gasol and Tony Allen scored 19 points each and Memphis rolled over Golden State 110-89 for its sixth straight win.
"We couldn't have played much worse," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, "and I thought (the Grizzlies) were great. They came out, took it to us.
Gasol scores 25 as Grizzlies rally to edge Magic 95-94
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol made the winning free throws, but Tony Allen's defense made the difference down the stretch.
"That's his job," Gasol said. "That's what he does, and he's really good at it."
Gasol scored 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 95-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.
Grizzlies’ Parsons has bone bruise in his left knee
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons has a bone bruise to his left knee and is expected to miss at least two weeks.
The Grizzlies announced the severity of Parsons' injury Sunday and said he was diagnosed with the injury after Friday's game with the Dallas Mavericks. Team officials said Parsons will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Wolves throttle short-handed Grizz for 1st win, 116-80
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves finally built a lead too big to lose.
That their first victory of the season came against a weakened lineup mattered little after two stinging road losses to begin the year.
Zach LaVine scored 31 points and hit five 3-pointers, and the Timberwolves led by as many as 40 points in a 116-80 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
NBA 2016-17: Grizzlies, new coach want deeper playoff run
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Mike Conley are playing for their third different head coach since starting the best run in Memphis Grizzlies' history.
Conley said there's one simple reason the aging core is eager to follow first-year coach David Fizdale.
"You're going to listen because you know that he has a vision for this team to win a championship, and we'll do whatever it takes," Conley said.
The Memphis Grizzlies have wanted Chandler Parsons since the forward knocked down an NBA-record 10 3-pointers in a half against them in January 2014. Now, they finally have the outside shooter they've tried — and failed — to land for so many years. The Grizzlies also have someone eager to lure more top talent to Tennessee. "Being the first big-name free agent to come here, I think that's special, and I want to be a trendsetter here," Parsons said Friday. "I'm going to work...
The Memphis Grizzlies have wanted Chandler Parsons since the forward knocked down an NBA-record 10 3-pointers in a half against them in January 2014. Now, they finally have the outside shooter they've tried — and failed — to land for so many years.
The Grizzlies also have someone eager to lure more top talent to Tennessee.
"Being the first big-name free agent to come here, I think that's special, and I want to be a trendsetter here," Parsons said Friday. "I'm...