Northwest Notes: Grant, Conley, Olson, Gasol

Jerami Grant is expected to start the season as the Nuggets’ backup power forward but he’ll also see time at center, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reports. Grant was traded by the Thunder to Denver for a first-round pick.

“I think Jerami Grant can play (center),” Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said. “Jerami’s ability to screen and roll, finish around the basket, catch passes in traffic and make plays from that, he’s really, really good in that regard.”

A small-ball lineup with Grant at center would cut into Mason Plumlee’s minutes in the Nuggets’ frontcourt, Singer notes.

We have more from the Northwest Division:

  • Mike Conley has asserted himself as a team leader in the first week of the Jazz’s camp, Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune writes. Utah is hoping that the longtime Grizzlies point guard will be the player that pushes the franchise to new heights.  Memphis traded Conley to Utah in a multi-player deal. “It’s unusual that you trust a player so quickly, but he’s earned that,” coach Quin Snyder said. “That’s who he is.”
  • The Jazz have named Jim Olson president of the franchise and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment (LHMSE), according to a team press release. Olson, who has been in the organization for 25 years, had been the executive vice president for LHMSE and president of Vivint Smart Home Arena. He’ll oversee the day-to-day business operations of the Jazz.
  • Pau Gasol has embraced a mentoring role with the Trail Blazers, according to an Associated Press report. Gasol, who signed a one-year deal to join Portland, is hopeful to be ready by opening night as he rehabs from foot surgery but he’s asserting himself in camp in other ways. “I hope to add leadership on and off the court, experience and also quality of play,” he said. “I’m excited after a difficult health year, frustrating. I’m excited to just work on my body and be healthy so I can do what I do on the floor and just have fun with the guys and compete, and play as hard as I can.”
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8 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Grant, Conley, Olson, Gasol

  1. I though Grant would be the teams starting SF with Craig and Porter off the bench together with plumblee.

      • Yes I guess Millsap probably at the 4 and then there’s a battle going on for the starting small forward spot.

        Looks like Torey Craig is in the lead now but Barton will have something to say about that when he comes back from his Hammy.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      It’s a lot harder to earn a starting job in Denver than it is in OKC.

    • Yeah Millsap at the 4, Grant at the 3.
      Off the bench Craig at the 3 with Hernagomez and Porter battling for back up PF

  2. Murray, Harris, Craig, Millsap, Jokic
    Beasley, Barton, Juancho, Grant, Plumlee
    Morris, Porter, Zeller

    This Denver team is DEEP

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      They are. The Clippers and Rockets are also very deep. Teams like the Lakers and Warriors will have a difficult time trying to compete with them.

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