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Sources: Jonas Valanciunas to Decline Player Option, to Pursue Long-Term Deal with Grizzlies

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Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas is declining the $17.6M player option on his 2019-20 contract, clearing the way to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN.

Valanciunas’ primary intention will be to negotiate a new longer-term deal with the Grizzlies, league sources said. In the post Marc Gasol-era, Valanciunas remains the franchise’s focus to continue as its starting center.

Memphis VP of Basketball Operations Zach Kleiman and Valanciunas’ agent, Leon Rose of CAA, are expected to work aggressively on finding the pathway to a new deal, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Carmelo Anthony: ‘I was ready to walk away’ before Signing with Trail Blazers

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Carmelo Anthony says he was prepared to walk away from the NBA if the Portland Trail Blazers hadn’t called and offered him a roster spot last month.

“I was ready to walk away, yeah,” Anthony said. “It was hard. But there came a point when I was, like, ‘You know what? I’ve given a lot to this game. I played 15, 16 years in this game. I’m ready to give it up, because I just knew that at that point in time from a basketball standpoint, that narrative that it — it was already out there. So I’d been fightin’ an uphill battle anyway if I didn’t go to the right situation.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Report: Thomas Bryant Out Three Weeks with Stress Reaction in Right Foot

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Wizards center Thomas Bryant has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Bryant was evaluated today after experiencing pain in his foot following the team’s game at the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 1. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Source: Washington Wizards

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Report: Brandon Clarke Week-to-Week with Left Oblique Injury

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The Memphis Grizzlies today provided a medical update on forward Brandon Clarke:

In the first half of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Clarke aggravated a sore left oblique muscle and did not return for the second half. Clarke did not dress for Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers and is considered week-to-week. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.

Source: Memphis Grizzlies

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