The Memphis Grizzlies will not shift into rebuilding mode this season, general manager Chris Wallace told ESPN after the team’s losing streak was extended to nine games Wednesday, two days after the firing of head coach David Fizdale.
Wallace was adamant that the Grizzlies, who fell to 7-13 after a 104-95 loss to the Spurs, would not consider trading center Marc Gasol or point guard Mike Conley — the remaining cornerstones from the franchise’s streak of seven consecutive playoff appearances.
“We have no intention to trade Marc,” Wallace told ESPN when asked if the franchise might consider dealing the 32-year-old big man. “We never seriously considered that at all. We never placed any calls to any teams in that regard. So that’s not happening.
“It’s not just Marc that this whole equation is about. It’s also Mike Conley, when he comes back. We’ve got two guys among the elite in the league at their respective positions that are still very much in their window with an awful lot of tread left on their tires.”
Injuries have been a significant factor during the Grizzlies’ losing streak, with five planned rotation players sitting out the loss to the Spurs. Conley, 30, has missed the past seven games due to soreness in his left Achilles tendon and heel, and the team announced Wednesday that he would return in two to three weeks.
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Report: Chris Paul Out for Game 6 with Right Hamstring Strain
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will miss Saturday’s Game 6 of the Western Conference finals at Golden State with a right hamstring strain, the team announced Friday.
Paul will travel with the Rockets to Oakland, California, for the game, coach Mike D’Antoni said, and will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston.
“It’s obviously not something we wanted,” D’Antoni said before Friday’s practice. “I hate it for him above all. He’s practically won us the past two games. But it’s a great opportunity for other guys, and we have plenty to choose from. We’ll be ready.”
Report: Andre Iguodala Questionable for Game 6
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is considered questionable for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, the team said Friday.
Iguodala, who has missed Games 4 and 5, has a left lateral leg contusion. The Warriors host Game 6 on Saturday and are trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
“He’s dying to play, but he’s not healthy enough,” coach Steve Kerr said Thursday. “We’ll just continue to take it day-to-day.”
Ryan McDonough: ‘Overwhelming likelihood’ Suns Keep No. 1 Pick
Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said there’s an “overwhelming likelihood” that the team will keep its No. 1 overall pick and not trade it away.
McDonough made the comment Friday after the first of what will be many pre-draft workouts of players on the Suns’ practice court.
The leading candidates for that No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft almost certainly will be worked out privately, with the exception of Luka Doncic, the European sensation who still is playing in Spain.
Source: Associated Press via ESPN