Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 1 week ago

Koufos' future with the Grizzlies is unclear as he heads into unrestricted free agency this offseason, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.

Koufos has played primarily a bench role in two seasons with Memphis after coming over from Denver prior to the 2013-14 season. He's thrived behind Marc Gasol, posting modest numbers but establishing himself as an excellent rim-protector and serviceable scorer around the rim. While he's yet to tip his hand as to his free agency plans, the general belief is that Koufos will seek a destination where he can step in as a starter. The Ohio State product has started 139 games in his career, including all 81 games in which he played during the 2012-13 season. After a strong postseason performance, Koufos is expected to garner considerable interest on the open market. That puts the Grizzlies in a difficult spot, as their primary focus will be re-signing Marc Gasol. As such, there is a chance they may not truly know how much money they could devote to Koufos until it's too late.

Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 1 month ago

Koufos contributed five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 13 minutes during the Grizzlies' 100-86 win versus the Blazers on Sunday.

Marc Gasol played 39 minutes despite the fact that the Grizzlies held a big lead for most of the second half. Koufos represents the team's lone legitimate backup center, but without injury or foul trouble to Gasol Koufos has limited upside.

Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 2 months ago

Koufos scored eight points (3-6 FG, 2-2 FT) with 12 rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes off the bench Monday.

With DeMarcus Cousins getting the night off, Koufas and the other Grizzlies bigs were able to take advantage of the depleted Kings frontcourt. Don't expect a repeat any time soon, however, as Koufas typically doesn't get enough minutes to make much of a fantasy impact.

Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 3 months ago

Koufos started Thursday's game against the Wizards with Marc Gasol (rest) out. He finished the game with 10 points, four rebounds, one steal, one block and one assist in 24 minutes.

Koufos received a one-night boost from the Grizzlies resting their starters. He'll come off the bench for most of his games going forward. In 61 games this season when he comes off the bench, he's averaging just 4.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game.

Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 3 months ago

Koufos will start Thursday against the Wizards, the Washington Post reports.

The Grizzlies decided to rest most of their starters and Koufos will get the rare starting nod against the Wizards. However, he'll likely head back to the bench after Thursday's game.

Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 3 months ago

Koufos started Tuesday's game against the Jazz with Zach Randolph (illness) out, and grabbed 10 rebounds but only scored six points (3-10 FG, 0-2 FT) in 34 minutes.

Randolph will likely be back in a game or two, which will cut down on Koufos's minutes. In 56 games off the bench this season, he's averaging just five points, five rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 16.1 minutes.

Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 3 months ago

Koufos will get the start Tuesday, the Salt Lake Tribune's Aaron Falk reports.

Zach Randolph is out with an illness so the Grizzlies opted to keep their front line imposing against a similarly big Jazz frontcourt. Koufos could offer a solid source of rebounds and a good field-goal percentage, but his usage will not reflect Randolph's on a typical night. Look for Jon Leuer to also get in the mix at the four with Randolph out, although it is difficult to envision either replacement option seeing much more than 28 minutes Tuesday.

Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 4 months ago

Koufos recorded four points (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes during the Grizzlies' 102-101 win versus the Suns on Monday.

Koufos averaged 5.6 points (50.0 FG, 80.0 FT), 5.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.4 blocks in 18 minutes per game during 16 games in the month of January. He's an extremely valuable bench player on one of the best teams in the league, but it will likely take an injury to Marc Gasol for Koufos to become relevant in anything but the very deepest leagues.

Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 5 months ago

Koufos returned to the bench against the Rockets Friday. He scored four points (1-4 FG, 2-2 FT) and added six rebounds, one steal, and one block in 14 minutes.

Koufos was replaced in the starting lineup by Jon Leuer, who was completely ineffective in his 16 minutes of action Friday. The Grizzlies have not yet settled on a replacement for the injured Zach Randolph (knee). Koufos outplayed Leuer Friday, but neither have much fantasy value unless they start to see a larger workload.

Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 5 months ago

Koufos contributed five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes during the Grizzlies' 97-91 loss versus the Jazz on Monday.

Though Koufos earned the start and saw plenty of minutes, his statistical output was underwhelming. Jon Leuer performed well starting for Zach Randolph (sore knee) in Sunday's loss versus the Cavaliers, but Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger elected to go with Koufos versus the Jazz's towering front-court on Monday. The Grizzlies are back in action on Friday versus the Rockets, giving Randolph ample time to rest and recover.