Grizzlies Notes: Udrih, Allen, Gasol

The Grizzlies have interest in Andray Blatche, but they’re not alone in that pursuit as the Nets and playoff-bound teams have him on their radar.  Blatche certaintly didn’t shine last season, but Brooklyn’s apparent willingness to welcome him back could be a sign of encouragement for other clubs.  It also helps that the big man looked strong in China as he averaged 31.0 points and 14.5 rebounds in 38.7 minutes per game for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.  Here’s a look at the Grizzlies following their win over the Suns..

  • Beno Udrih‘s production for his contract this season has been “ridiculous,” one member of the Grizzlies‘ braintrust remarked to David Aldridge of  Udrih re-signed with the Grizzlies in July on a two-year deal for the biannual exception.  The guard played only 55 regular season minutes for the Grizzlies last season but stepped into the rotation for the postseason and averaged 7.9 points and 1.7 assists in 16.4 minutes per game.  This season, he’s putting up 7.8 PPG and 3.2 APG in 18.8 minutes per contest with a career-high 17.2 PER.
  • Grizzlies forward Tony Allen says he had no problem with ceding his starting spot to new acquisition Jeff Green. “I just said if it’s best for the team, let me come in and do what’s best for the team, give 110%. Let’s win a championship. I’m well-proven in this league,” Allen said to Aldridge. “Now, we got Jeff and he’s adapting well, and I’m adapting myself. But I’ve been productive coming off the bench last year, and I know what the ultimate goal is.”
  • While Marc Gasol will listen to any and all suitors this summer, he’s not looking to leave the Grizzlies, Aldridge writes.  Between his time attending high school in Memphis and his years spent playing for the Grizzlies, he has found a high level of comfort with the city, the team, and the team’s fans.
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