Tag: Jeff Green

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa in exhibition against Team World featuring Gasol brothers


We already knew Luol Deng (Team Africa) and Chris Paul (Team World) would serve as captains in the NBA’s first exhibition game in Africa.

Who else will participate in that Aug. 1 contest in Johannesburg, South Africa?

NBA release:

Team Africa, comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players, will feature team captain and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng (Miami Heat; Great Britain; born in South Sudan), Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; parents from Nigeria), Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets; France; parent from Cameroon), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs; France; parent from Senegal), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal), Festus Ezeli (Golden State Warriors; Nigeria), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder; Congo)*, and Luc Mbah a Moute (Sacramento Kings; Cameroon).


Team World, comprised of players from the rest of the world, will feature team captain, NBPA President and eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers; U.S.), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards; U.S.), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets; U.S.),Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies; Spain), Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls; Spain), Jeff Green (Memphis Grizzlies; U.S.), Marcus Smart(Boston Celtics; U.S.), Evan Turner (Boston Celtics; U.S.) and Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).

Five-time NBA Champion Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa, with 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams serving as assistant coaches.  Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King and Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri are the Team Africa general managers, with Eric Waters (Washington Wizards) serving as the team’s athletic trainer.

Brooklyn Nets Coach Lionel Hollins will coach Team World, with Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens serving as assistant coach.  San Antonio Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford is the Team World general manager, while Keon Weise (Orlando Magic) will be the team’s athletic trainer.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will attend the game along with NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria).

There’s a good amount of talent on both teams and coaching staffs – which speaks to just how far basketball has come in Africa and how committed the NBA is to growing it further.

Exhibition games are always hit or miss, but I’m looking forward to watching this one.

Report: Grizzlies pursuing trade for Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari

The Nuggets are shopping Danilo Gallinari ahead of the draft, and ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that the Grizzlies, who badly need shooting, are a team that’s expected to be in the hunt.

Gallinari would be a great fit in Memphis, where outside shooting has been an issue for several years. Jeff Green’s $9.4 million salary goes most of the way towards matching Gallinari’s $11.5 million next season, so there could be a fit there.

Report: Grizzlies trade Luke Ridnour to Hornets for Matt Barnes

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers

The Thunder trading Jeremy Lamb for Matt Barnes?

Never mind.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

It looks like the Grizzlies traded for Luke Ridnour yesterday just to get his unguaranteed contract. The Hornets are likely doing the same.

Charlotte can waive Ridnour at no cost (or flip him again if another deal emerges). Waiving Barnes would have meant paying his $1 million guarantee.

Barnes should stick in Memphis, where he’ll provide useful depth on the wing. With Jeff Green opting in, the Grizzlies didn’t have much flexibility to seek help elsewhere. They did pretty good for themselves with this deal.

Report: Jeff Green opting in with Grizzlies for $9.2 million

Jeff Green, Stephen Curry

When the Grizzlies traded for Jeff Green in January, there was concern Memphis would get only a half-season rental.

Green had a $9.2 million player option for next season, and it seemed reasonably likely he’d opt out. After all, the Celtics dealt him because they didn’t want to risk losing him for nothing.

But Green underwhelmed – especially in the playoffs, where he shot 33% from the field and 22% from beyond the arc and produced a PER of 7.9. Why did Memphis buck my prediction model and beat the Trail Blazers in the first round? The biggest reason was Dave Joerger pulling Green from the starting lineup.

As Green’s stock fell, the equation turned. The Grizzlies shouldn’t have feared losing Green after the season. They should have wanted him to opt out.

Alas, Green could see the same math.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

If Green opted out, the Grizzlies could have had about $8.5 million in cap room in addition to re-signing Marc Gasol to a max contract.

As it stands, the only way they’ll have cap room now is if Gasol leaves or they trade other players. They’ll still have the $5,464,000 mid-level exception, but so will many other teams. That cap room would have provided an edge.

On the bright side, hope is far from lost with Green. He’s still talented, and at 29 this summer, he shouldn’t be in rapid decline. The Grizzlies might still emerge from this with a decent-enough starting small forward, though they certainly shouldn’t count on having one.

For Green, he misses a good chance to hit free agency while he’s still generally accepted to be in his prime. But after last season, he had no real choice. At least he’ll be trying again when the salary cap spikes.

Tony Allen says he’s 60% heading into Game 6, ready to compete

Golden State Warriors v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

After sitting out Game 5 due to a hamstring injury, Tony Allen said he’d play Game 6 of the Warriors-Grizzlies series.

Despite not being full healthy for tonight’s contest, the Memphis guard isn’t backing down.

Allen, via Marc Stein of ESPN:

“Our season is on the line,” Allen said. “I’m ready to go out there and compete.

“I want to be in this battle with my team.”

Asked to estimate how close he is to full strength, Allen said he rates himself at “60 [percent] maybe.”

Memphis, trailing 3-2, depends on Allen to take turns guarding Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. That’s no easy task fully healthy, but it’s even harder with a sore hamstring.

Plus, Golden State effectively neutralized Allen in Game 4 by “guarding” him with Andrew Bogut, who actually just patrolled the paint and left Allen open on the perimeter. Allen’s jumper was shaky enough that the Grizzlies had to pull him. A counter could be Allen darting around the court to set screens. But, again, that doesn’t sound like the ideal task for someone with hamstring problems.

Even a hobbled Allen should help Memphis, which was forced to depend more too much on Jeff Green and Vince Carter in Game 5. But the Grizzlies lost by 19 points. Can a hobbled Allen bridge that wide a gap?

Memphis’ best hope might be Allen’s toughness and resolve inspiring his teammates to play better.