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Grizzlies Signing Joakim Noah

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The Memphis Grizzlies are signing veteran center Joakim Noah late next week, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Grizzlies have engaged in “extensive discussions” with Noah, 33, since he was officially waived by the New York Knicks back in October, who stretched Noah’s $19.3 million salary for this season across three years.

Noah appeared in only 53 games over two years with the Knicks, who inked him to a four-year $72 million contract in 2016.

In a corresponding move, Memphis waived Andrew Harrison last month to create the necessary roster spot to accommodate the signing of Noah.

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Grizzlies’ Jonas Valanciunas to Decline $17.6 Million Option

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Memphis Grizzlies’ center Jonas Valanciunas is planning to decline his $17.6 million player-option for the 2019-2020 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Doing so will make Valanciunas an unrestricted free agent, but he is intending to negotiate a new deal with the Grizzlies where he shined following his acquisition.

Valanciunas posted 19.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game playing for the Grizzlies following the trade.

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Grizzlies’ Jonas Valanciunas to Undergo MRI on Ankle

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Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas suffered an ankle injury during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers and although initial x-rays came back negative, he will be undergoing an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, according to the team’s official website.

Valanciunas has collected 19.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game for the Toronto Raptors and the Grizzlies this season.

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Grizzlies’ Justin Holiday Now Feeling Comfortable with New Team

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Memphis Grizzlies wing Justin Holiday has overcome some initial struggles with his new team following a trade from the Chicago Bulls back in January, and is feeling more comfortable.

Holiday has showed it on the court, with an improved play of late, and has become a key component of the Grizzlies’ rotation.

“You want to come in and do well and help the team,” Holiday said, according to Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic.

“That was the biggest thing for me, and feeling like you’re being a burden at times, which, it is what it is, but that was the hardest thing for me. Not playing at the level I normally do. But understanding that it comes with being traded. I just knew it was going to take time so it was just being patient and allowing myself to understand what we want to do here and allow myself to be helped.”

Holiday’s number in February tell the story, as he is averaging 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this month.

“If I know the ins and outs of everyone’s position, where they’re supposed to be, that’s the player I am,” Holiday said. “I know everybody’s position in a play. So now I’m getting to the point where I know that and now I’m comfortable. If I know everything that’s going on, I’m good.”

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