The Grizzlies are again discussing whether to deal reserve guard O.J. Mayo.
This time, Memphis has explored at least two trade scenarios with the Nets over the past couple of weeks, according to sources.
The Nets are interested in acquiring Mayo for salary-cap reasons as they try to clear room to make a run at Orlando center Dwight Howard in the offseason.
With that in mind, the Nets have offered fourth-year guard Anthony Morrow for Mayo. The Nets have also offered point guard Jordan Farmar, a draft pick and cash in a separate package for Mayo.
Hamed Haddadi is still trying to obtain a work visa, and he is also looking for an NBA contract. Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace confirmed Thursday that the team withdrew its $2 million qualifying offer from Haddadi.
The move makes Haddadi an unrestricted free agent. The Iranian 7-footer can sign with any NBA team without Memphis having a right to match offers.
The Indiana Pacers agreed on a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent forward David West, a source close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.
The Hornets had been in discussions to send West to Boston in a sign-and-trade deal but NBA.com reported Sunday that those talks ended, which opened the door for Indiana to land West.
The Pacers may not be done dealing, though.
The Memphis Grizzlies are in advanced discussions with Indiana on a sign-and-trade deal that would bring free agent Josh McRoberts to the Grizzlies and send guard O.J. Mayo to the Pacers, according to sources close to the process.
The Pacers, sources say, also have Carl Landry and Andrei Kirilenko at the top of their frontcourt wish list.
The Warriors have reportedly approached the Grizzlies about a deal centered around Monta Ellis and Rudy Gay.
Golden State would also offer a second asset in the deal. The motivation for Memphis would likely be financial if they were to consider trading the perennial All-Star forward.
Marc Gasol is a restricted free agent this offseason and is one of its most coveted commodities.
But people with knowledge of owner Michael Heisley’s thinking believe the Grizzlies will match any offer sheet Gasol signs with another team.
Memphis would have three days to match under the proposed CBA.
Jamaal Tinsley is determined to make an NBA comeback this season, even if means carving his own path back to the league.
The eight-year veteran, who played with the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, entered the D-League draft and was selected with the number one overall pick.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders made Tinsley the top pick over other former NBA players such as Alando Tucker and Gabe Pruitt. In Los Angeles, the 33-year-old Tinsley will be playing for former NBA head coach Eric Musselman.
Marc and Pau Gasol
Real Madrid is exploring making a four or five-year contract offer to Marc Gasol, who is a restricted free agent in the NBA.
The Spanish club tried to sign Gasol before he came to the NBA in 2008.
Gasol said that he would begin considering proposals from Europe if the NBA season was completely canceled.
A man who went to the Oregon home of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph to sell marijuana said he was beaten with a pool cue in a dispute over the price of pot.
The man told sheriff’s deputies at least three men assaulted him but Randolph was not among them. No arrests have been made, and authorities said none were expected on Monday.
Police identified the victim as 26-year-old James Beasley of Portland.
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Rhodes said Randolph was in his home outside Portland when the beating occurred early Saturday. Beasley was treated for head and face injuries and released from a hospital later that afternoon, when he called police, Rhodes said.
The Memphis Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Hamed Haddadi, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.
The first Iranian-born player in NBA history, Haddadi owns career averages of 2.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.45 blocks on .457 shooting in 86 games, all with the Grizzlies. Memphis signed Haddadi as a free agent on Aug. 28, 2008.
Extending a qualifying offer prior to the June 30 deadline gives Memphis the ability to match any offer sheet a player signs with another team during the offseason.
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