The working assumption around the NBA is that Robert Pera will retain ownership of the Grizzlies franchise, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal tweets. The scribe cites comments made by Marc Stein of The New York Times in a recent podcast.
As we covered last month, Pera is expected to have the opportunity to buy out minority stakeholders Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus after they triggered a clause in the purchase agreement that forced him to either buy them out or sell at a valuation of their choosing.
Herrington also relays that if Pera remains in control of the franchise, J.B. Bickerstaff is a decent bet to retain the head coaching job.
There’s more out of Memphis tonight:
- There’s a very good chance that the Grizzlies end up with a top-six pick in this June’s NBA draft. Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal recently broke down six of the top league prospects, such as DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic, detailing how they might or might not fit with the Grizzlies.
- The Grizzlies haven’t had much luck in the draft of late and 2016 first-round pick Wade Baldwin, who was surprisingly waived by the club prior to the 2017/18 season, is a reminder of that. Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal writes that Memphis needs to find a better way of stocking its cupboard with young talent.
- Shortly after locking MarShon Brooks (our story) into a multiyear deal earlier today, the Grizzlies announced that they’ve cut Marquis Teague in order to make room to sign Omari Johnson (our story).