Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol is none too pleased about being benched in the 4th quarter of Memphis’ loss to the Brooklyn Nets at home on Sunday.
The loss dropped the Grizzlies to 7-12 on the season and the benching was something that Gasol is upset with, according to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal.
I don’t like it one bit,” Gasol said to the media after the game. “I’m more (angry) than I can show, and frustrated. But for the benefit of the team, I’ve got to show good leadership and continue to do my job.
“If I start venting, that would be counterproductive,” Gasol added. “But at the end of the day, I’m as competitive as anybody. I hate not playing. That’s what I value most. If I’m not out there, I’m not valued. I’m sure they knew that would hurt me the most.”
Gasol pointed to Mike Conley, the other core player in Memphis, and suggested that Conley would have been treated differently than Gasol.
“You don’t put Mike back in? I’m sure they wouldn’t do it to Mike,” Gasol said. “I don’t know. It’s just the way it is. You have to deal with it. But I’m not just going to lay down and take it. … You try to prove them wrong. I should be playing in the fourth quarter. I think I’ve proven that different times. I’m not just going to accept not playing in the fourth quarter and be happy with it. That’s not my character.
Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. to Be Eased Into Rotation
The Memphis Grizzlies will take a patient approach when the assimilate rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. into the team’s rotation this upcoming season, and will be cautious with bringing along their 18-year old prized draft pick.
Grizzlies Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger outlined the teams approach when it comes to Jackson.
“I think whatever happens, we want it to happen organically, and not get ahead of ourselves, and make sure we’re taking all the right steps on him, and not getting too excited and skipping ahead” Hollinger said, according to Peter Edmiston of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Jackson Jr showed promise during Summer League play, posting 11.2 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, and 3.8 blocks per game, but he will need to develop his frame to be able to handle the wear, tear, and physicality of an NBA season.
Kings Trade Garrett Temple to Grizzlies for Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis
The Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies are completing a trade that will send guard Garrett Temple to Memphis for guard Ben McLemore, forward Deyonta Davis, cash, and a 2021 second round draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Temple, 32, averaged 8.4 points in 25 minutes a game for the Kings last season and will provide Memphis with a veteran wing moving forward.
Additionally, the deal clears an additional an additional $1 million in salary cap space for the Kings, who now have $20.5 million.
McLemore returns to the Kings, where he was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
Davis, 21, has struggled to crack the rotation in Memphis.
The teams are setting up a trade call with the league office on Tuesday to make the deal official.
Spurs Decline Offer Sheet For Kyle Anderson
Anderson, 24, was a major target for Memphis this offseason, who view the forward as a major upgrade to their small forward position and his signing indicated the franchise’s mission to revert back to the “grit and grind” culture that they had been known for.
Anderson will being instant defense to the Grizzlies as his plus-minus last season was impressive.
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