Southwest Notes: Caboclo, Brooks, Wright, DeRozan

The move toward small-ball lineups throughout the league has convinced the Grizzlies to often utilize Bruno Caboclo as an undersized center, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports. Caboclo needs to show his versatility to stay on the roster, since his salary of $1,845,301 doesn’t become fully guaranteed until January 10. He played 34 games with Memphis last season, including 19 starts.

“We’ll probably utilize him in a lot of different spots, four and five,” Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said. “We put him at (center) in Summer League and are just really getting him comfortable offensively where he has to be at his spots on the floor.”

We have more from the Southwest Division:

  • Dillon Brooks is looking to secure the shooting guard spot in the Grizzlies‘ lineup after an injury-marred second year in his NBA career, Michael Wallace of the team’s website writes. He appeared in all 82 games as a rookie but lost his starting spot last season, then wound up playing just 18 games due to a toe injury that required season-ending surgery. “It really humbled me and made me take the game more professionally,” Brooks said of last season to Wallace. “At first, with the glitz and glamour and all that other stuff, it kind of came too fast to me. Once it got taken away, it was like, ‘I’ve got to be serious. Be professional, but still have fun with it and understand that (basketball) always comes first.’ That’s what I’ve been doing throughout the summer.”
  • Delon Wright believes he’ll have a breakout season after joining the Mavericks in a sign-and-trade with the Grizzlies, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News relays. “I feel like I’m at that point of my career where it’s time,” Wright said. Wright, who could be paired in the backcourt with Luka Doncic, received a three-year deal worth just over $30MM.
  • An extension might be the way to go for both the Spurs and DeMar DeRozan, Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express News opines. A report surfaced on Friday that the two parties were in extension talks. As previously noted, the 30-year-old DeRozan could get a maximum of approximately $149MM over four years, starting in 2020/21. That would require him to decline his 2020/21 player option and replace it with the first year of the extension.
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9 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Caboclo, Brooks, Wright, DeRozan

  1. nentwigs

    SOUTHWEST ??

    Memphis ?
    Dallas?
    San Antonio?

    SOUTH – Yws
    SOUTH CENTRAL – Yes
    MID-SOUTH – Yes

    BUT HOW ARE THESE CITIES CONSIDERED SOUTHWEST ??

    • x%sure

      Sounds right to me! Texas practically exemplifies the Southwest and Memphis is nearby. “South central” is probably going to refer to a tough part of LA famous for rappers. No idea about “mid-south”… Maybe anywhere where they talk with an especially thick southern accent.

    • These teams are Southwest because they are south and west of the epicenter of the United States which is New York City.

      This has to make sense to by now.

      My question to you is, why do you come on here every other week and ask the same questions?

      There’s nothing we can do about it. There’s nothing hoopsrumors can do about it.

      We get your point and it’s valid.. the division titles don’t make geographical sense… okay, so what.

      Enough already. Give it a rest.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Anyone who thinks of Texas as being part of “the South” knows nothing about Texas. Like x%sure said, Texas exemplifies the Southwest.

    • I give no fox

      Really need to nitpick the division names? What would you have it be called? The “transcontinental south kind of”, doesn’t really have a good ring to it. They are southern located teams in the western conference, southwest. Close enough.

  2. brendanpeters15

    I hope the Brazilian Kevin Durant makes the team. Maybe he’s actually 2 years away now.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      If he can’t make the Grizzlies roster then he doesn’t belong in the NBA.

  3. formerlyz

    I like Delon Wright’s game, and his fit with Doncic, but I feel like Dallas is still missing a couple of pieces, specifically on the wing, and that’s why I dont see them making the playoffs, and it was hard for me to put them over some of the other teams out of the playoffs, before seeing more of them

    • Yes Dallas is still on the outside looking in. Who they going to kick out of the playoffs, Spurs?

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