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Grizzlies Notes: Chalmers, Martin, Green

Mario Chalmers returned to game action on Monday in the Grizzlies preseason win over the Magic as he scored 19 points on seven-of-10 shooting. It was Chalmers’ first NBA game action since he ruptured his right Achilles tendon during the 2015/16 season, also with the Grizzlies.

Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal writes that Chalmers played with the same effectiveness he displayed for several championship-winning teams in Miami. “The injury is gone,” Chalmers said. “That was the biggest part of my rehab – finishing through contact. It just comes second nature to me now.”

Chalmers, 31, sported a new look with cornrows and a headband, which he said was inspired by former Grizzlies point guard Allen Iverson. As Chalmers tries to make a full comeback, secure a roster spot, and be effective, Head coach David Fizdale is excited for a healthy Chalmers on his roster.

“When you go through an Achilles (injury), I’m sure there are moments when you’re not sure if it’s ever going to happen again,” Fizdale said. “You know, for me to be with him his whole career, and now for me to be here to see him making his comeback is very gratifying for me. It’s an honor for me because I’m invested in (Chalmers’) life. We’ve got deep, deep roots. I’m just happy for the kid, to see him out there competing, playing in NBA games again.”

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NBA D-League Assignments/Recalls: 1/22/17

Here are the D-League transactions from the day:

  • The Grizzlies have assigned forward Jarell Martin to their D-League affiliate in Iowa, the team has announced on their website. In 40 game, including three starts, with Memphis so far this season, Martin has averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

And-Ones: Silver, Martin, Motiejunas

Commissioner Adam Silver says that he loves the parity that exists in the NBA right now and believes it is good that smaller market teams are able to compete with larger ones for free agents, Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today relays. “What we’re seeing now is that players are moving to markets that have cap room and players are moving to markets where they see opportunities to play,” Silver said. “It’s not a function of market size these days. It’s a function of the management of the team and the opportunity in that market. That’s what you want for a league.

Silver is concerned at how this summer’s anticipated cap spike will change the league’s dynamic, Zillgitt notes. “It will be disruptive and having been around the league for a long time, I only know it’s going to be disruptive in ways that we can’t even predict,” Silver said. “It’s not the way we modeled the CBA going into the last collective-bargaining agreement. We thought we would have more regular increases from year to year [in the salary cap]. You like to have a system where planning is rewarded and management is rewarded. Now, with all this unexpected cap room, teams that should not have had that kind of room [to spend] of course will have it.

Both the National Basketball Players Association and the league can opt out of the current CBA by December 15th, and Silver noted, “clearly we’re operating under the premise that if we can’t get a new deal negotiated by then, they are likely to opt out. That puts a lot of pressure on both sides to work over the next 10 months, which is a long time, to get an extension done,” the USA Today scribe adds. Here’s more from around the league:

  • The Grizzlies have recalled power forward Jarell Martin from their D-League affiliate, the team announced. Martin has averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 30.6 minutes in seven games during his five assignments to Iowa this season.
  • The Pistons have recalled Spencer Dinwiddie from their D-League affiliate, Keith Langlois of NBA.com tweets. The move was made so Detroit’s team doctors could examine the point guard’s sprained ankle, Langlois adds.
  • The Rockets have recalled swingman K.J. McDaniels and power forward Donatas Motiejunas from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, their D-League affiliate, the team announced.

Southwest Notes: Adams, Pachulia, D-League

Grizzlies shooting guard Jordan Adams is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee this Tuesday and there is currently no timetable for his return to action, the team announced. The procedure Adams will undergo is similar to the one big man Brandan Wright had back in December, and Wright was given a timetable of six to eight weeks for his recovery, Chris Herrington of The Commercial Appeal notes (via Twitter).  The team also relayed in the press release that power forward Jarell Martin sustained a bone bruise in his left foot while on assignment to the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate in Iowa and his condition will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.

Here’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • Mavericks center Zaza Pachulia is currently in his 13th season in the NBA and he appreciates all the opportunities that he has been given throughout his career, the big man told Rainer Saban of The Dallas Morning News. “I wouldn’t change anything, honestly. I would just keep everything because there is a reason why I am here at this point,” Pachulia said. “As you know, the average career for an NBA player is 4.5 years, 5 years. I doubled it so I must be doing something right — not only being out here, but I am enjoying playing basketball and I have great teammates, I am in a great organization with a great coaching staff. And we’re winning the games. I am fortunate to be in this situation. I wouldn’t change anything, obviously.
  • The Pelicans have been attempting to replicate the fast-paced offense of the Warriors but have experienced mixed results thus far, Brett Dawson of The New Orleans Advocate writes. “I think it’s been OK,” said coach Alvin Gentry, who was the lead assistant for the Warriors last year. “At the end of the day, we still want to play with more pace than we’re playing with.” The Pelicans are currently ranked 10th in the NBA in pace, averaging 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, Dawson notes.
  • The Grizzlies have recalled James Ennis and Martin from their D-League affiliate in Iowa, the team announced. Ennis is averaging 20.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal in 38.1 minutes per game for the Energy this season.

And-Ones: Pistons, Robinson, D-League

Brandon Jennings declared himself ready to play for the Pistons, but with backup point guard Steve Blake playing so well, the team has a good problem, Keith Langlois of NBA.com writes. “It’s a tough thing to weigh,” coach Stan Van Gundy said of possibly taking minutes away from Blake. “It’s a dilemma a little bit. But Brandon has looked good.” The 35-year-old realizes he will most likely lose minutes once Jennings returns to the rotation, but that is something that was expected.

“That was an understanding of mine coming here,” Blake said. “Coach Van Gundy and I talked about that. There will be times when I’m playing well while he’s injured. When he comes back, the chance of me going to the bench and him playing at some point was an understanding of mine. He’s working his way back to where he wants to be and when that time comes, that’s fine with me. It’s a team thing. I don’t see it as him and I as competition. We’re teammates playing against other people, so when that time comes, that’s totally fine with me.”

Here’s more from around the league:

  • The Pacers like Glenn Robinson III and they can envision the 22-year-old carving out a role with the team, Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star writes. Robinson appreciates the team communicating with him about his future. “They’ve done a great job of talking to me. They haven’t really given me a definite timeframe or when it’s going to come, but they’re saying that that point is going to come,” Robinson said. “Just knowing my moment is coming, I think that really locks me in, too. That keeps me going. So that’s a good thing to hear, especially from Larry [Bird].
  • The Spurs have recalled Ray McCallum from their D-League Affiliate, the Austin Spurs, per the team’s website. McCallum is averaging 18.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in five D-League games this season.
  • The Grizzlies assigned forward Jarell Martin to the Iowa Energy, the team’s D-League affiliate, according to the team’s website. This will be Martin’s third stint with Iowa this season.

Chris Crouse contributed to this post.

Southwest Notes: Wroten, Pelicans, Grizzlies

The Sixers offered to send the now-waived Tony Wroten to the Pelicans in today’s trade that shipped Ish Smith off to Philadelphia, but New Orleans didn’t have any interest, as Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports passes along (via Twitter). The Pelicans will instead end up with two future second round picks: Denver’s in 2016 and Philadelphia’s in 2017, according to fellow Yahoo Sports contributor Bobby Marks (Twitter link).

More from the Southwest:

  • The Grizzlies have recalled James Ennis, Jarell Martin, and Russ Smith from the D-League, the team announced today via press release.
  • Anthony Davis on-court abilities are obvious, but it’s how the fourth-year Pelicans power forward carries himself off of the court that has some of his teammates impressed, as Michael Wallace of ESPN.com details. “I already knew his skill, but I was more surprised with his mindset and maturity,” Kendrick Perkins said. “He’s on a level where he’s thinking like this already? Damn. It’s going to be scary over the next 10 years.”
  • It’s been a year since the Timberwolves dealt Corey Brewer to the Rockets, and Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle breaks down his tenure in Houston. Although he has struggled lately, interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff remains high on Brewer’s game. “I love Brew. I had him in Minnesota when we drafted him, and he is a champion,” Bickerstaff said. “He is special. His personality never changes; his attitude never changes. He is a guy that wherever I would go or would be, if it was time to go to battle, I would take him with me.

Western Notes: Malone, Leonard, Jones

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry declined to discuss how much contact he had with the Nuggets over the summer regarding Denver’s then open coaching position, which ultimately went to Michael Malone, but firmly believes the franchise made a good choice in its hire, Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post writes. They got themselves a really, really good coach, a guy that works his butt off,” Gentry said. “I don’t think there’s anybody out there that works any harder [than Malone] or understands the game. He’s been around it his whole life. So, I think they did great.

Malone noted that Emmanuel Mudiay‘s recent ankle injury is related to the injury the rookie sustained while playing in China last season, Dempsey adds. When asked when Mudiay might return to game action, Malone said, We trust our athletic training staff to tell us when he can get back on the floor to start practicing. And then obviously he’ll have to get through a practice before he can play in a game. To be honest, I think he’s probably a little ways away from that. So we’ll be cautious. It’s an injury he sustained while in China, and it’s kind of come back a little bit.

Here’s more from the Western Conference:

  • The reports that Blazers big man Meyers Leonard was offered and turned down a four-year, $60MM extension from the team are “grossly inaccurate,” according to Jason Quick of CSNNW.com (Twitter link). Leonard is eligible to become a restricted free agent next summer provided Portland extends him a qualifying offer worth $4,210,880.
  • The Timberwolves have recalled point guard Tyus Jones from the Idaho Stampede, the team announced. The rookie had been with the Jazz’s D-League affiliate since December 5th as part of the league’s flexible assignment program.
  • The Grizzlies have assigned James Ennis, Jarell Martin and Russ Smith to their D-League affiliate in Iowa, the team announced. This will be Ennis’ fifth stint with the Energy and the second for both Martin and Smith.

Draft Rumors: Parker, Martin, Age Limit

Ben Detrick of The New York Times writes that finding a franchise savior at the top of the draft is a pretty rare feat, pointing out that even the low expectations for last year’s lottery picks haven’t been met yet. Detrick notes that cheap, young roster components are becoming more necessary under the current CBA, and highlights some of the deeper selections that have been contributing this year. Regardless, many fan bases are hoping their team lands a franchise cornerstone in this year’s draft. Here’s a look at the latest on the draft:

  • Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (via Twitter) thinks that LSU freshman Jarrell Martin has enough talent to end up a lottery pick if he chooses to enter the draft this year. Martin is currently ranked just #21 in DraftExpress’s 2015 mock draft.
  • Jabari Parker would be the safest, most NBA-ready first-overall pick in the 2014 draft, an NBA executive tells Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com.
  • In a subscription-only piece, ESPN Insider David Thorpe says that many of the arguments being made for and against a hiked age limit for the NBA draft are based on myths. Thorpe touches on common perceptions dealing with player development, the D-League, and prospects’ NBA-readiness.