Southwest Notes: Winslow, JJJ, Aldridge, DeRozan, Rockets

Justise Winslow, who has yet to appear in a game for the Grizzlies since being acquired nearly a year ago at the 2020 trade deadline, hopes to return to the court later this month, he said on Monday. As Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal writes, Memphis’ lengthy hiatus due to contact tracing in January set Winslow back slightly due to a lack of practice opportunities, but he’s getting close.

“I’m feeling great, my hip feels great. I’m really close to getting back on the court, hopefully sometime this month,” the Grizzlies forward said. “I really don’t have an exact day in mind. Just with COVID and how our team had to miss almost a week of practice and that sort of thing, that set me back, just without being able to have proper access to workouts and things like that.”

Meanwhile, Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. will have his rehab process ramped up in the coming weeks as he looks to return from meniscus surgery, as Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports (via Twitter). Herrington doesn’t anticipate Jackson will return to action before the first half ends on March 4, but there’s no set timeline yet for the 21-year-old’s season debut (Twitter link).

Here’s more from around the Southwest:

  • People around the NBA are curious to see what the Spurs will do with veterans LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, who are both on expiring contracts, writes Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. Aldridge’s value is “declining quickly,” according to O’Connor, who believes that DeRozan might be the best player on the trade market if San Antonio were to make him available.
  • Within the same story, O’Connor notes that some executives around the NBA are wondering if the Rockets could end up being a buyer – rather than a seller – at the trade deadline. O’Connor expects teams to call about Victor Oladipo and P.J. Tucker, who will both be free agents this summer, but suggests Houston shouldn’t feel any pressure to make a deal. The club could entertain any favorable opportunities that arise, whether that means buying or selling, O’Connor adds.
  • The Rockets got back to .500 on Saturday night by winning their fifth consecutive game, prompting head coach Stephen Silas to express that his club is “moving in the right direction for sure.” Kelly Iko of The Athletic has the story on Houston’s recent hot streak, as well as Oladipo’s comfort level, Christian Wood‘s All-Star case, and the team’s strong depth.
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24 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Winslow, JJJ, Aldridge, DeRozan, Rockets

  1. x_burner_X

    Rockets playing great team bbal since harden left, shocker!

    Love what Silas is doing

    • caldo19

      Fear the beard, huh? Silas is doing a really solid job considering the drama surrounding the franchise.

    • SRT392

      They have been playing great team basketball. Really hope they can resign Oladipo.

  2. Sillivan

    Rockets ceiling is 9th seed in West

    They can’t take down Suns

    Suns are 8th seed

    Suns have better draft picks past 8 years, which means better young players

    • Curtisrowe

      It’s a play in this year dude. 8th seed…9th seed. That all means zero. It’s going to come down to one game.

        • Curtisrowe

          7th and 8th play one game. 9th and 10th play one game. Loser of 7th and 8th play winner of 9th and 10th. So in essence the remaining two seeds, which at that point are 8th and 9th play one game.

    • Walladipo and Wood

      Rockets floor 9th seed in West, their ceiling is more like 2nd or 3rd.

  3. Sensitive Fanboy

    Aldridge has fallen off this season. His slowness shows more this year than last.

    He’s still a good piece on a young Spurs team in the playoffs. Nobody will come knocking for Aldridge unless he is swapped out in a trade, or waived.

    • Sillivan

      You don’t buyout or waive anybody unless you want to tank or lose games

      Waive = lose money

      You pay money to waive players

      • Sensitive Fanboy

        I’m aware, what are you talking about?

        I didn’t say Aldridge is going to be waived.

        Said the only way he is leaving the roster is by being waived or traded. (Who’s doing that)

        I didn’t go into specifics because its a comment section, not a marketing ad. I figured those that know would apply some common sense to the exact Aldridge/Spurs situation.

        Reddick isn’t likely to be waived either, and I wrote the same in that comment line also. Better run quick to go poo poo that comment too!

        So many of us idiots out here, what would we do without rude 1-uppers looking to humiliate & degrade us?

        Thanks for the invitation into your poo poo club, but no thank you. I like being respectful toward others, and will ask questions rather than call them dumb directly, or indirectly before coming to that conclusion.

    • Yeah it’s funny LaMarcus Aldridge For the last 5 years has run like a 40 year old would. But it’s 20 + 10, 20 + 10, 20 + 10… Might be a playoff team that could use His scoring Off the Bench…

      • Curtisrowe

        Exactly. Aldridge can stick around a few more years and be a plus as a rotation player on any good team, the guy is a walking bucket. He just isn’t a big minute borderline all-star any more.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    NO, Wash, , Portland, Dall, Det ….injured Blazers
    The Rockets have beat the bottom 4 teams in NBA. Some where close gms. Nonetheless beating teams you should beat, is moving in right direction. I think more important is to get their rotation right. Finding the players who you are going to build with. There could still be major changes coming for Rockets. This is still a work in progress. It’s always nice to win, right.

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    Spurs should trade both of them. Look to the future and get younger. Aldridge would sure look good back in Portland. At his age and contract. Tough to trade for. He might need to get a buyout now. They should have traded him two yrs ago. DeRozan should create interest among teams. They can get value for him. Aldridge for Horford can work for Spurs. Then OKC can buy him out.

  6. I Beg To Differ

    Rockets need to trade both Oladipo and Tucker

    Tucker to the Celtics for Carsen Edwards, Romeo Langford, and a protected 2nd, like top 40.

    Oladipo to the Grizzlies for Desmond Bane and a 1st.

    Rockets best bet is to acquire young players as neither Tucker or Oladipo have much value simply dumping them for draft picks. Better off acquiring young talent and giving the young kids playing time.

  7. Lrtexasman

    I’d really only move Oladipo a player similar to Herro or unprotected top 5 pick and young rotational player. Otherwise work to sign him.

    • Sillivan

      For salary dump only
      Oladipo is worth a Pistons 2nd round pick
      Redick is worth negative of Pelicans Second
      Lonzo is worth a top 35 protected pick
      Ex
      If you want to take back Eric Gordon $76 million bad contract, that is different topic

      • CamFrost

        Sillivan, I genuinely don’t know if you’re a troll or what. But you say some wild stuff on here, dude. Lol

      • Walladipo and Wood

        Eric Gordon is looking to win his second 6th man award this season.

        He’s playing great, and he’s worth every penny the Rockets are paying him right now. Your posts about Houston are so insanely ridiculous and have no basis in reality. Even if people think I’m some delusional homer the things I say about the Rockets made way more sense than the preposterous statements you write about them.

  8. JonnyLucas

    Good for Houston. Harden clearly isn’t a franchise player. Alpha talent, beta mentality. I have always thought they have a decent culture in that organization, always trying to win. I’m glad they’re holding their own.

  9. JOHN H MILLER

    Why don’t the Rockets just play out this season with the players on their roster? The Rockets when completely healthy have a very good team. The Rockets could do very well in the playoffs.

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