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Grizzlies’ J.B. Bickerstaff Looks Ahead to Upcoming Season

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Memphis Grizzlies new head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has some work to do if he wants to turn things around for the Grizzlies this season, and spoke about the team, as well as the 2018-2019 season, during an interview with The Commercial Appeal’s Mark Giannotto.

Bickerstaff talked about what the team’s strengths were heading into the season, and what people can expect from the Grizzlies’ offense moving forward.

“IQ and intelligence” Bickerstaff said. “We got a bunch of guys that know how to think the game and if you can think the game, you can make up for some of the things that we lack. If you look at our team, and I hope this doesn’t offend any of our guys, we’re not the fastest of teams. But we have to be able to use our brains to put us in spots so that we can defend well and score the ball because we’re always one or two steps ahead of our opponent.”

“We’re going to be a completely different team than you guys saw at the end of last season” Bickerstaff continued.

“Our front office and ownership group have done a great job bringing in different players with different skill sets that kind of fit the theme and the direction that we’re heading in. We’re not as young as we used to be. We’ve brought in some proven, veteran guys like Kyle Anderson, Garrett Temple, Shelvin Mack, those type of guys, who can accentuate what Marc (Gasol) can do.”

“We’ve been preaching playing a unique style of basketball. Obviously, not reinventing the wheel but playing a game where size, physicality and toughness prevails. I think we’re fortunate that we have some big guys, some long guys, that are very skilled as well, so that they can do both… So we’re fortunate to have guys that can do those things, so that’s where we’re headed. Our guys are excited about it in the conversations we’ve had with them and I think we’re built for it.”

Bickerstaff also discussed the role of Kyle Anderson, as well as the health of Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons.

“He’ll be used at his strengths, which is versatility” Bickerstaff said of Anderson.

“He can play multiple positions. He can impact the game on both sides of the floor. I’ve been impressed, just going back and watching him and seeing him, is just how smart he is and how easily he thinks the game. Very rarely do you find him in the wrong spot, offensively or defensively, and he’s always doing something to help his teammates. I think guys like that are invaluable and his ability to play one through four, you can throw him on the floor at any position.”

Regarding Conley…

There’s no doubt about it. Mike’s been playing pick up, those types of things. Chandler (Parsons) been playing pick up … For the first time in a long time, we’re looking at walking into training camp with healthy bodies and healthy, high caliber players. Not just guys who would be your 13th or 14th man. We’ve got our studs healthy, which we’re looking forward to.”

Bickerstaff also believes that the bench will be better this season.

“The key in all of this is having some experience when you’re trying to win like we’re trying to do. So having guys that have proven they can play in this league, they’re not second guessing themselves, and every single night, from a coaching standpoint, you know what you’re going to get out of guys, is huge… Not to take anything away from our young guys that were here with us last year, they were competing. They were giving it everything they had. They worked hard at it. But again, when you’re young, there’s always those ups and downs and you’re battling that inconsistency.”

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Rockets, Clippers Interested in Andre Iguodala

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The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers are two teams that are in strong pursuit of Memphis Grizzlies veteran forward Andre Iguodala, according to Stadium’s Shams Charania.

According to the report, the Grizzlies have tried to find a suitable trade partner to ship out Iguodala in the hopes of getting some value back, and have engaged in talks with the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets at different points.

In regards to the Rockets, they are still not comfortable with the idea of going deep in the luxury tax just to land Iguodala.

The Clippers appear to be resistant in giving up newly acquired forward Mo Harkless in landing Iguodala.

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Grizzlies’ Tyus Jones Excited for New Team, Thankful for Time in Minnesota

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones is excited for what will come next in his career with his new team, but he is also appreciative of his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who gave him the chance to play in his home state.

“I’ve just got a lot of emotions right now,” Jones said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

“I don’t really know how exactly to feel. I’m just excited. I’m just ready for my next chapter of my career and my life.”

Jones showed his appreciation to the Wolves.

“I’m thankful. It’s a situation where I was fortunate enough to be able to play in my home state, and for four years at that,” Jones said. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that. For me, it’s a chance to play in my home state as my first taste of the NBA and to help me get acclimated to the NBA lifestyle.

“It was nothing but a blessing. I am very thankful for that and look at it as nothing but a positive. Now I get to take that next step in my journey and my career, and I’m excited for that.”

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Clippers Could Be Interested in Andre Iguodala

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The Los Angeles Clippers may not be done building their roster following the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

According to ESPN’s Marc Spears, the Clippers have an interested in Memphis Grizzlies’ Andre Iguodala.

Iguodala could be a valuable asset in a trade, and has already been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.

The Grizzlies appear intent on dealing Iguodala shortly after acquiring him from the Golden State Warriors earlier this offseason.

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