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Grizzlies ROSTER

10-10 • 8th in WESTERN CONFERENCE

HEAD COACH: Taylor Jenkins
VENUE: FedExForum - 191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103
CAPACITY: 18,119
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#15
Brandon Clarke
PF25$2,726,8806' 8"215 lbsSAN JOSE STATE
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#0
De'Anthony Melton
SG23$8,437,5006' 2"200 lbsUSC
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#22
Desmond Bane
SF23$2,033,1606' 5"215 lbsTCU
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#24
Dillon Brooks
SF25$12,200,0006' 7"225 lbsOREGON
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#12
Ja Morant
PG22$9,603,3606' 3"174 lbsMURRAY STATE
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#13
Jaren Jackson
PF22$9,180,5606' 11"242 lbsMICHIGAN STATE
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#23
Jarrett Culver
SG22$6,395,1606' 6"195 lbsTEXAS TECH
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#46
John Konchar
SG25$2,197,6746' 5"210 lbsPURDUE-FORT WAYNE
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#35
Killian Tillie
C23N/A6' 9"220 lbsGONZAGA
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#1
Kyle Anderson
PF28$9,937,1506' 9"230 lbsUCLA
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#25
Sam Merrill
SG25$1,517,9816' 4"205 lbsUTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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#7
Santi Aldama
PF20$1,994,5206' 11"224 lbsLOYOLA (MD)
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#4
Steven Adams
C28$17,073,1716' 11"265 lbsPITT
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#21
Tyus Jones
PG25$7,522,2006' 0"196 lbsDUKE
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#2
Xavier Tillman
PF22$1,517,9816' 8"245 lbsMICHIGAN STATE
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#8
Ziaire Williams
SF20$4,373,1606' 8"215 lbsSTANFORD
TOTAL Grizzlies SALARY: $96,710,457
Grizzlies SALARY CAP: $112,414,000

Current Grizzlies Roster Status

The Memphis Grizzlies weren't very active in the offseason, as they enter the 2020-21 campaign with pretty much the same squad as a year ago. Guys like Josh Jackson and Anthony Tolliver parted ways with the Grizzlies in free agency, but all in all, Memphis was able to keep their core intact.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the Grizzlies' success this season will lie heavily on one man: Ja Morant. After a breakout rookie campaign, the 21-year-old is expected to take his game one notch higher in his sophomore year, with the hopes of an entire city placed on his broad, able shoulders.

The same can be said about third-year big man Jaren Jackson Jr., who will also play a key role in how the Grizzlies fare not only this season, but for years to come. The 2018 fourth overall pick entered the new season dealing with a knee injury, which forced him to miss a handful of games. The injury does not appear to be overly serious and it is not expected to have any lasting effects.

Along with Morant and Jackson, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, and Jonas Valanciunas come in to fill out Memphis' starting five.

De'Anthony Melton, who signed a four-year, $34.6 million extension in the offseason, will be one of this team's most important players on the second unit. Guys like Brandon Clarke, Tyus Jones, Grayson Allen, and even rookie guard Desmond Bane will likewise play their respective roles off the Grizzlies’ bench.

memphis grizzlies Team Analysis

Who Did The Grizzlies Recently Sign?

The Grizzlies needed some backcourt depth and they decided to look in the direction of veteran point guard Tim Frazier. The 6-foot guard has been around the league for quite a bit, as he's had previous stints with six other NBA teams.

Frazier signed with a Grizzlies on a 10-day deal, and he was only able to play in three games for Memphis. During this brief spell, he averaged just 1.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 11.0 minutes per contest.

Who Are The Grizzlies Targeting In Free Agency?

The Grizzlies were not very active in the offseason in terms of adding players via free agency. The only guys they signed over the offseason break (aside from the two rookies they scooped up in the 2020 NBA Draft in Desmond Bane and Xavier Tillman) were Killian Tillie and Sean McDermott, who both penned two-way deals with the squad. Both Tillie and McDermott went undrafted last year, and have since played minimal roles -- at best -- for the Grizzlies this season.

Over the offseason, Memphis was linked to a number of free agents available in the market, including Marcus Morris Sr., Davis Bertans, Danilo Gallinari, and Jerami Grant.

Who Did The Grizzlies Most Recently Trade For?

The Grizzlies took part in a three-team trade deal during the offseason which also included the Portland Trail Blazers and the Boston Celtics. Memphis parted ways with a 2023 second-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick, sending both in the way of Boston. The Grizzlies also paid cash to the Blazers as part of the deal. In exchange, Memphis acquired Mario Hezonja, who they waived prior to the start of the season. The Grizzlies also got Desmond Bane from the Celtics in the deal. Additionally, Enes Kanter made his way to Portland.

What Is The Best Grizzlies Roster Of All-Time?

During the 2012-13 season, the Grizzlies recorded a franchise-record 56 regular-season wins. They also went all the way to the Western Conference Finals that term -- the farthest they've gone since being established as a team in 1995 -- but were defeated by the mighty San Antonio Spurs in four games.

Nevertheless, it's hard to argue against the notion that the 2012-13 Grizzlies squad represents the best roster in franchise history. The quartet of Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and Zach Randolph led the way for Memphis that year. They had a solid supporting cast that featured the likes of Tayshaun Prince, Tony Allen, and Jerryd Bayless. Other role players on the team included Quincy Poindexter, Wayne Ellington, Darrell Arthur, Ed David, and Mareese Speights. The team's head coach that season was Lionel Hollins.

What Is The Grizzlies' Salary Cap?

Despite the lack of star power in the team, the Grizzlies still entered the 2020-21 season as an over-the-cap squad. According to Spotrac, Memphis currently has a total cap of $131.3 million, which is $22.2 million over the league-mandated salary cap.

Gorgui Dieng was the Grizzlies' top-earner for 2020-21 with his $17.3 million salary taking up a huge chunk of the team's total cap before he was waived in March of 2021. Jonas Valanciunas does not fall too far behind with $15 million. Justise Winslow ($13 million) and Dillon Brooks ($11.4 million) come in third and fourth, respectively, and are the only other players that will pocket eight-digit salaries this season.

Ja Morant is still in his rookie-scale deal and he is set to pocket $9.2 million this term. In terms of hierarchy in the payroll scale, De'Anthony Melton ($9.6 million) and Kyle Anderson ($9.5 million) will earn more than Morant in 2020-21.

Top memphis grizzlies Roster Questions

Who Did The Grizzlies Recently Sign?

The Grizzlies needed some backcourt depth and they decided to look in the direction of veteran point guard Tim Frazier. The 6-foot guard has been around the league for quite a bit, as he's had previous stints with six other NBA teams.

Frazier signed with a Grizzlies on a 10-day deal, and he was only able to play in three games for Memphis. During this brief spell, he averaged just 1.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 11.0 minutes per contest.

Who Are The Grizzlies Targeting In Free Agency?

The Grizzlies were not very active in the offseason in terms of adding players via free agency. The only guys they signed over the offseason break (aside from the two rookies they scooped up in the 2020 NBA Draft in Desmond Bane and Xavier Tillman) were Killian Tillie and Sean McDermott, who both penned two-way deals with the squad. Both Tillie and McDermott went undrafted last year, and have since played minimal roles -- at best -- for the Grizzlies this season.

Over the offseason, Memphis was linked to a number of free agents available in the market, including Marcus Morris Sr., Davis Bertans, Danilo Gallinari, and Jerami Grant.

Who Did The Grizzlies Most Recently Trade For?

The Grizzlies took part in a three-team trade deal during the offseason which also included the Portland Trail Blazers and the Boston Celtics. Memphis parted ways with a 2023 second-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick, sending both in the way of Boston. The Grizzlies also paid cash to the Blazers as part of the deal. In exchange, Memphis acquired Mario Hezonja, who they waived prior to the start of the season. The Grizzlies also got Desmond Bane from the Celtics in the deal. Additionally, Enes Kanter made his way to Portland.

What Is The Best Grizzlies Roster Of All-Time?

During the 2012-13 season, the Grizzlies recorded a franchise-record 56 regular-season wins. They also went all the way to the Western Conference Finals that term -- the farthest they've gone since being established as a team in 1995 -- but were defeated by the mighty San Antonio Spurs in four games.

Nevertheless, it's hard to argue against the notion that the 2012-13 Grizzlies squad represents the best roster in franchise history. The quartet of Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and Zach Randolph led the way for Memphis that year. They had a solid supporting cast that featured the likes of Tayshaun Prince, Tony Allen, and Jerryd Bayless. Other role players on the team included Quincy Poindexter, Wayne Ellington, Darrell Arthur, Ed David, and Mareese Speights. The team's head coach that season was Lionel Hollins.

What Is The Grizzlies' Salary Cap?

Despite the lack of star power in the team, the Grizzlies still entered the 2020-21 season as an over-the-cap squad. According to Spotrac, Memphis currently has a total cap of $131.3 million, which is $22.2 million over the league-mandated salary cap.

Gorgui Dieng was the Grizzlies' top-earner for 2020-21 with his $17.3 million salary taking up a huge chunk of the team's total cap before he was waived in March of 2021. Jonas Valanciunas does not fall too far behind with $15 million. Justise Winslow ($13 million) and Dillon Brooks ($11.4 million) come in third and fourth, respectively, and are the only other players that will pocket eight-digit salaries this season.

Ja Morant is still in his rookie-scale deal and he is set to pocket $9.2 million this term. In terms of hierarchy in the payroll scale, De'Anthony Melton ($9.6 million) and Kyle Anderson ($9.5 million) will earn more than Morant in 2020-21.