Jason Terry G HOU 18 hours ago
Terry said that he intends to return for a 17th NBA season in 2015-16, ESPN reports. "One hundred percent," Terry said Monday.
The veteran will be a free agent this offseason, but after a strong playoffs showing it's clear he still has plenty left in the tank. He'll be an unrestricted free agent come July, and the Rockets are expected to attempt to bring Terry back next season. In the final year of a three-year, $15.6 million contract, Houston would likely be able to bring him back at a cheaper, short-term price tag. Rockets center Dwight Howard praised Terry for his leadership when queried on the subject earlier in the playoffs. "He's been a great veteran to our team, a great voice in the locker room, a great voice on the court wherever it may be," Howard said. "He's been consistent all year. He's done an excellent job bringing myself and James [Harden] closer as teammates and also as leaders of this team."
Nick Calathes G MEM 18 hours ago
Calathes clarified Monday that he plans to remain in the NBA, HoopsHype reports. "The NBA is my first priority," Calathes said.
The restricted-free-agent-to-be played previously in Europe, and some speculation has recently surfaced suggesting he could return to play overseas next season. A Spanish report earlier in the week noted that Calathes had allegedly been offered a deal by FC Barcelona, but the backup point guard is yet to comment on the situation. Take Calathes' words at face value, but at this point it appears he'll seek another NBA contract before returning to Europe becomes a true option.
Jarnell Stokes PF MEM 18 hours ago
Stokes averaged 3.0 points (56.8 FG, 0.0 3Pt, 53.6 FT), 1.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks in seven minutes per game during 19 regular season games with the Grizzlies in 2014-15.
Stokes struggled to earn minutes as a rookie. However, in 23 D-League games with the Iowa Energy Stokes averaged 15.1 points (61.7 FG, 0.0 3Pt, 69.8 FT), 11.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks in 32 minutes per game. He's still extremely raw, and will likely continue to work on his game in the summer league.
Russ Smith SG MEM 18 hours ago
Smith averaged 4.2 points (40.0 FG, 20.0 3Pt, 92.3 FT), 0.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.5 steals in 6 minutes per game during six regular season games with the Grizzlies in 2014-15.
During 18 games with the Grizzlies' D-League Iowa Energy, Smith averaged 19.3 points (47.9 FG, 41.8 3Pt, 71.9 FT), 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.3 blocks in 33 minutes per game. He struggled to earn much playing time for the Grizzlies behind Mike Conley, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes. Despite sitting out the entire playoff series versus the Blazers Smith eventually made his postseason debut against the Warriors, appearing briefly in two games. Depending on what the Grizzlies opt to do with Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih this summer Smith might be able to earn a more regular role in his sophomore season. Expect Smith to suit up for the Grizzlies' summer league team in July.
Jon Leuer PF MEM 19 hours ago
Leuer averaged 4.5 points (44.3 FG, 24.1 3Pt, 62.7 FT), 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.1 blocks in 13 minutes per game during 63 games in 2014-15.
In the postseason Leuer averaged only 1.0 point (50.0 FG, 0.0 3Pt, 0.0 FT) and 1.3 rebounds in two minutes per game while appearing in four games. Post All-Star break Leuer's minutes were nearly cut in half as he saw just eight per game compared to nearly 15 before the All-Star break. Leuer lost those minutes to fellow backup power forward JaMychal Green, who was signed in early March and has a partially guaranteed contract for 2015-16. Leuer's $1.0 million contract is non-guaranteed in 2015-16 but becomes fully guaranteed if he's not waived on or before June 30.
JaMychal Green F MEM 19 hours ago
Green averaged 2.7 points (57.5 FG, 0.0 3Pt, 80.0 FT), 2.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.2 blocks in seven minutes per game during 20 regular season games with the Grizzlies in 2014-15.
Green wasn't a part of the regular rotation in the postseason. However, he played a decent role down the stretch of the regular season for the Grizzlies after signing a multi-year deal in March. Prior to joining the Grizzlies Green played four games with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014-15. He also appeared in 20 games with the D-League Austin Spurs in 2014-15, averaging 23.0 points (57.7 FG, 36.4 3Pt, 84.3 FT), 10.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.6 blocks in 32 minutes per game. Expect him to be on the Grizzlies' summer league squad come July.
Josh Smith F HOU 1 day ago
Smith scored 20 points (7-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-12 FT) with six rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 28 minutes during Wednesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.
While he was effective from the field, Golden State played Hack-a-Josh in the second half, and Smith's woeful free throw shooting forced him to the bench. His spot in the starting five is still likely safe for Wednesday's Game 5, however.
James Harden SG HOU 1 day ago
Harden scored 45 points (13-22 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 12-13 FT) with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes during Monday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.
He wasn't about to let Golden State clinch on his home court, and Harden stepped up with a massive performance to send the series back west. He'll need to keep producing at this level if the Rockets are going to stay alive past Wednesday's Game 5, however.
Klay Thompson SG GS 1 day ago
Thompson scored 24 points (9-21 FG, 6-13 3Pt) with three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 38 minutes during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets.
He drained more three-pointers Monday than he had in the previous three games of the series combined. With his shot from beyond the arc returning, Thompson will try to help the Warriors clinch a spot in the finals on Wednesday in Game 5.
Draymond Green SF GS 1 day ago
Green scored 21 points (9-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in 40 minutes before fouling out of Monday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets.
It was another tremendous performance for the Warriors' unsung hero. Green will try to push his club across the finish line and clinch the series on Wednesday in Game 5.