Mavericks waive Zach Randolph, acquired in trade with Kings
DALLAS (AP) — The Mavericks have waived Zach Randolph two days after acquiring the forward while sending Harrison Barnes to Sacramento in a trade designed to give Dallas salary-cap relief.
Randolph and young forward Justin Jackson were sent to the Mavericks in a deal that came together while Barnes was playing for Dallas in a 99-93 win over Charlotte on Wednesday. Jackson was active for Friday night's game against Milwaukee.
Owner: Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s jersey in future
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A day after trading Marc Gasol to Toronto, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies says the franchise will retire the center's No. 33 jersey some day in the future.
Owner Robert Pera issued a statement Friday morning after the franchise confirmed the trade netting Memphis a trio of players and a second-round draft pick in the 2024 draft.
Davis remains in trade limbo; Barnes to Sacramento
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.
Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA's annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes didn't play in the fourth quarter of a win over Charlotte because of a trade with Sacramento.
"I got word of it during the game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
Wednesday’s Sports in Brief
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.
Davis remained in place, though the run-up to the NBA's annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where the Mavericks took Harrison Barnes out of their win over Charlotte in the third quarter because he's about to get moved to Sacramento, according to two people familiar with the negotiations there.
MARION, Ind. (AP) — Investigators have determined a fire likely was intentionally set at an Indiana bar, one day after the brother of NBA star Zach Randolph was fatally shot there.
The fire happened at Hop's Blues Room in Marion early Sunday — less than 24 hours after 35-year-old Roger Randolph was found dead.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze that caused an estimated $20,000 in damage. Marion Fire Department Investigator Brandon Eckstein says the cause of the fire was arson.
Brother of NBA’s Zach Randolph killed outside of Indiana bar
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph's brother was shot and killed early Saturday outside of a bar in the Indiana city where the two grew up.
Randolph comes through in OT to help Kings beat Heat 123-119
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — De'Aaron Fox made another shot at the buzzer to force overtime. Then Zach Randolph took his turn making the big plays for the Kings.
It wasn't pretty at times, not after Sacramento blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, but it was just enough to keep coach Dave Joerger's club on its mini-roll.
Knicks rally in 4th quarter comes up short in loss to Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Skal Labissiere was rejoicing in his tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left when Kings teammate Zach Randolph sprinted onto the court from the bench and picked up a technical foul.
It seemed costly at the time. Still, all Labissiere could do was laugh.
Lillard has 26 points and Blazers beat Kings 116-99
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard did not hesitate when asked about how well the Portland Trail Blazers have been playing recently.
"It's the best place I think we've been in years," he said.
Lillard had 26 points and 12 assists, and the Blazers won their fourth straight with a 116-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
Randolph keys big first half as Kings top Mavericks 114-109
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines Center was once the most hostile road arena for the Sacramento Kings.
Zach Randolph scored 22 points, Bogdan Bogdanovich added 19 and the Kings used a big first half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 on Tuesday night.
Sacramento has won four of five in Dallas after losing 22 in a row here from 2003 to 2016.
"We were sharing the ball," Randolph said. "Once we were moving the ball, we were getting attacks. That's what good teams do — move the ball."
Grizzlies beat Kings 106-88 in Randolph’s return to Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies celebrated Zach Randolph's return and then sent him and his new team away with their seventh straight loss.
Dillon Brooks scored a career-best 22 points, Ben McLemore had a season-high 21 and the Grizzlies beat the skidding Sacramento Kings 106-88 on Friday night for their third straight victory.
Howard, Walker help Hornets pull away and beat Kings 131-111
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dwight Howard lost control of the ball on his way in for an apparent dunk when he was fouled from behind by Zach Randolph. As Howard tried to regain his footing, the ball floated about 3 feet above the rim and then fell straight back down and through.
"I don't know how it went in," Howard said with a grin.
On a night when Charlotte set season highs in several offensive categories, Howard's play was symptomatic of just how good things were going for the struggling Hornets.
Marc Gasol talks Fizdale firing and Grizzlies struggles
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol wants to clear up a few things with the Memphis Grizzlies struggling through one of the worst stretches in franchise history, doing his best to defend himself.
No, Gasol says he did not get David Fizdale fired as head coach.
Yes, Gasol had a strained relationship with Fizdale before the firing.
Gasol called letting forward Zach Randolph and guard Tony Allen leave as free agents last summer a mistake.
Cavaliers beat Kings 101-95 for 13th straight win
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James drained a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and finished with 32 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers tied a franchise record with their 13th straight win, 101-95 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Jazz helps provide a blueprint for Timberwolves’ rebuilding plan
As Memphis, Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah all went before them this past decade, the Timberwolves have turned toward age and experience to elevate a young rising team.
New-look Grizzlies leaning heavily on Parsons in new era
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies made significant roster moves during the offseason and still believe they can extend the franchise's streak of seven straight playoff appearances.
It all hinges on the health of Chandler Parsons' knees.
Rest: Frowned upon when NBA games count, not in preseason
MIAMI (AP) — There is no NBA mandate urging teams to not rest players in the preseason.
Conley: Fans, not players, make Memphis’ home Grindhouse
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph left for Sacramento. Tony Allen, aka the Grindfather who gave the Grizzlies' home its Grindhouse nickname, will be wearing a Pelicans' jersey on opening night in Memphis.
Kings’ Zach Randolph gets community service after LA arrest
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was sentenced to community service on Wednesday after being charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident last month at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said.
Randolph entered a no-contest plea during a court appearance Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to 150 hours of community service, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
Zach Randolph faces misdemeanor marijuana charge in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident this month when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said Thursday.
The two-time NBA All-Star had initially been arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell — a felony — but Los Angeles city prosecutors instead charged Randolph with misdemeanor drug possession.
Kings’ Randolph arrested on pot charge at LA housing project
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday.
Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman.
The Latest: NBA star arrested on pot charge in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of NBA star Zach Randolph (all times local):
Police say veteran NBA star Zach Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project.
Officer Liliana Preciado says the 36-year-old forward was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. A second man was also arrested.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies are planning to retire the No. 50 jersey worn by Zach Randolph, who is leaving the team after eight seasons to sign with the Sacramento Kings.
Kings land veteran free agents Zach Randolph, George Hill
The Sacramento Kings added veteran help to their young roster on Tuesday by agreeing to free-agent contracts with forward Zach Randolph and point guard George Hill.
Randolph left Memphis for a $24 million, two-year deal to reunite with former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday.
The old guys are coming up big so far in these playoffs
George W. Bush was early in his first term as president. Seattle was years away from losing the SuperSonics. "Arrested Development" hadn't even started airing yet.
That's how long ago Utah's Joe Johnson and Houston's Nene made their NBA debuts.
Tied at 2: Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs 110-108 in OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said he was an option to take the final shot and that the San Antonio Spurs thought so, too, on a night when he scored a franchise postseason record 35 points.
Marc Gasol laughed and insisted he didn't know his teammate was an alternative on the game-winning play. Zach Randolph backed up his All-Star center, too.
"He told me he was going to get it and go to his fadeaway, and that's what he did," Randolph said.
Grizzlies will need more from ol’ Zach Randolph vs. Spurs
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph, the self-described blue collar forward in a blue collar town, always gives the Grizzlies whatever they need.
No complaints. Just check in when called upon and scrap for rebounds and buckets.
Even when relegated to coming off the bench after being a starter throughout his long career, Randolph never griped about playing fewer minutes.
Randolph is answering the bell again for his Grizzlies, as only he can.
Memphis coach Fizdale blasts ‘unprofessional’ officiating
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Memphis coach David Fizdale blasted the officiating in Game 2 of the Grizzlies' first-round series against the Spurs, deeming it "unprofessional" and "unacceptable" before slamming his fist on a table and storming off.
San Antonio held off a late rally to beat Memphis 96-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round matchup.
Spurs, Grizzlies square off in 4th playoff series since ’11
Nobody in the NBA has played against each other in the playoffs since 2011 more than the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.
And with the exception of 2011, the Spurs have simply dominated the Grizzlies.
Mavericks end season with 100-93 win over Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Without starters Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews, the Dallas Mavericks were undermanned Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Forward Nicolas Brussino, making his second start of the season, and reserve guard Devin Harris each scored 15 points and the short-handed Mavericks ended a five-game losing streak with a 100-93 victory.
Grizzlies clinch playoff spot with 99-90 win over Mavericks
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley can't quite remember what it feels like to miss the Western Conference playoffs. He doesn't have to think about the Memphis Grizzlies missing this year, either.
Conley scored 28 points, Zach Randolph added 22 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, and Memphis clinched a playoff spot with a 99-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
Conley scores 36 as Grizzlies rout Pacers 110-97
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley wanted to set the tone for the Memphis Grizzlies.
He succeeded, in a big way.
Conley matched his career high with seven 3-pointers on his way to 36 points, helping the Grizzlies rout the Indiana Pacers 110-97 on Wednesday night.
Memphis (41-34) had lost four in a row, all on the road.
Grizzlies use 4th-quarter spurt to defeat Spurs 104-96
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies are back to relying on their defense, and the result is a four-game winning streak.
That's quite a turnaround from the five-game skid that opened the month.
Mike Conley had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Zach Randolph added 18 points and the Grizzlies extended their recent success with a 104-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
Grizzlies top Bulls 98-91, Wade sprains elbow
CHICAGO (AP) — After getting away lately from the tough defense that defines them, the Memphis Grizzlies have each other's backs again.
Marc Gasol and Mike Conley scored 27 points apiece to lift the Grizzlies to their second straight win after dropping five straight, beating the Chicago Bulls 98-91 on Wednesday.
"Our defense has been much more consistent," Gasol said. "We've been trusting the guy behind us a lot more, and the guy behind us has been there more often."
Lin leads late rally as Nets defeat Grizzlies 122-109
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies' downward spiral is in full spin right now. A loss to the lowly Brooklyn Nets provided the latest proof of their troubles.
The Nets put together a fourth-quarter rally to break open a close game and beat Memphis 122-109 on Monday night, winning for only the second time in the last 20 games.
The loss to the worst team in the NBA was the third straight for the Grizzlies and fifth defeat in the last seven.
Conley, Gasol lead Grizzlies past Suns, 130-112
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol has become a weapon from outside the arc, and it has made the Memphis Grizzlies much more potent.
Gasol converted all five of his shots from 3-point range Tuesday night en route to 28 points, Mike Conley added 29 and the Grizzlies recorded a season high in points, defeating the Phoenix Suns 130-112.
"Sometimes you make them, sometimes you miss them," Gasol said. "I got lucky tonight and made them, so that's good."
Conley scores 31 as Grizzlies beat Nuggets 105-98
DENVER (AP) — Some friendly advice from Zach Randolph to his point guard, Mike Conley — shoot, shoot and shoot some more.
"No shot is a bad shot for him," Randolph said.
Conley scored 31 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and the Memphis Grizzles held off the Denver Nuggets 105-98 on Sunday.
"It's very important for him to be aggressive, especially coming out in the beginning," Randolph explained. "We're going to fall behind them. How they go is how we go."
Memphis has healthy roster for playoff push in stretch run
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies' latest injury reports need a second glance, they appear a bit suspect.
Nobody is listed as hurt or nursing an injury. If someone is out, it's simply for rest.
No knee problems requiring forward Chandler Parsons to sit. No ankle issues for reserve forward Brandan Wright. No lingering problems from point guard Mike Conley's broken back earlier this season, and no more groin issues for defensive stalwart Tony Allen.
Gasol, Randolph lead Grizzlies past Leonard-less Spurs
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Grizzlies' stout defense took advantage of Kawhi Leonard's absence and held the San Antonio Spurs to their lowest-scoring night of the season.
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph scored 15 points each to lead Memphis over the Spurs 89-74 on Monday. San Antonio was limited to 37 percent shooting overall and 21 percent from outside the arc — both are season-lows for San Antonio.