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.
In a tweet on the Grizzlies’ official account, majority owner Robert Pera says that No. 50 “will never be worn by another member of the Memphis Grizzlies.” Pera also thanks Randolph for helping “turn a lottery team into a perennial playoff contender” and helping “make a basketball team a model of community service.”
Randolph, a free agent, cheap jerseys China is joining former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger at Sacramento. He agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal.
Randolph, who helped Memphis earn seven straight playoff appearances, will become the first player to have his number retired by the Grizzlies.
NBA superstars gathered on Saturday in Rhode Island to celebrate Dallas Mavericks’ Harrison Barnes tying the knot. But that was not the only highlight that evening.
Before we delve into what happened at the event, recall days after the NBA Finals, LeBron James posted an Instagram video of himself doing some interesting moves during a workout.
Whatever his intention was, people found it amusing and Saturday was no exception.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry cheap jerseys China decided to poke fun at James’ dance moves with his own variation of the dance. A video posted by retired NBA player Brendan Haywood on Instagram shows Curry mimicking the dance with James’ teammate Kyrie Irving joining in on the fun with a message saying, “shots fired,” and the hashtag “kingwontlikethis.”
Not sure if this clears things up from all the rumors circulating about the current state of James’ and Irving’s relationship, but this could be an indicator of it.
Irving has asked to be traded but the Cleveland Cavaliers have not said if they would grant his request.
(CBS) Bulls wing Jimmy Butler has the eighth best-selling jersey in the NBA, the league announced Tuesday.
Bulls teammate Dwyane Wade has the 11th best-selling jersey. For the second straight season, Warriors guard Stephen Curry had the best-selling jersey in the league. The list is compiled based cheap authentic jerseys on NBAStore.com sales during this season.
A three-time All-Star, Butler is having a career year, averaging 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting 45.6 percent. Wade is averaging 18.5 points in his first season in Chicago.
The Bulls ranked third in team merchandise sales, trailing the Warriors in first and the Cavaliers in second.
When Gordon Hayward agreed to leave the Utah Jazz to sign with the Boston Celtics earlier this summer, many wondered whether the Jazz’s handling of Hayward’s 2014 restricted free agency had any bearing on the decision.
Rather than immediately offering Hayward a max contract three years ago, the Jazz told him to go out and get an offer from another team — which he did, from the Charlotte Hornets. The Jazz matched the four-year, $63 million cheap nba jerseys authentic offer sheet and Hayward returned to the Jazz, later becoming an All-Star and one of the best forwards in the NBA.
On “The Woj Pod” with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Hayward admitted that the 2014 situation stayed with him, and that he was upset the Jazz didn’t show more confidence in him.
“It lingered for maybe a little bit of time at the beginning of when I signed it,” Hayward said. “None of those feelings were there this time around.
Restricted free agency, it’s a little weird.
As a player, you’re sitting there thinking like, ‘What the hell?’ You look at all these other players where teams are like, ‘He’s our guy.’ Like, ‘We’re going to give him the max.’ Blah, blah, blah. And I’ve got to go out and get one? Like, ‘Do you not believe in me?’ Like, ‘Do you not feel like I’m the guy for you?’
From a team’s perspective, it’s the smartest thing to do. Like, ‘Why would we overpay you until somebody else makes us, essentially?’ You know what I mean?
So, I can for sure see it from both sides. But restricted free agency is weird.
There’s no way of telling how much the incident affected Hayward’s decision to leave the Jazz, but it’s clearly something Hayward still remembers vividly.
The moment of truth has arrived for Carmelo Anthony.
Tuesday night, Anthony will be in a place he cherishes. Not Houston, but Baltimore, where he will host The Basketball Tournament — a month-long event that is down to its final four.
Keeping a low profile lately, Anthony will be front and center Tuesday at Coppin State, watching a Syracuse alumni team face Overseas Elite in one semifinal.
In the other, Ohio State alumni, which features Nets target Jared Sullinger, play Team Challenge ALS, a Boston College squad fighting to raise money to support alumnus Pete Frates who is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The Knicks’ 33-year-old recent recluse has yet to give an interview since the regular-season finale April 12, when he saw “the writing on the wall.’’ The indication was he knew the club wanted to rebuild without him.
In the next few days, Anthony will have a chance to speak his piece.
Phil Jackson is out as president, but the franchise’s strategy hasn’t changed much. A stalemate has ensued as sources indicate Anthony only wishes to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets. Not even Cleveland, which is in turmoil, is good enough for Anthony as the Cavaliers are dealing with Kyrie Irving’s trade demand.
The Knicks’ management tandem of Steve Mills-Scott Perry claim it won’t trade Anthony to Houston unless it cobbles together a solid deal that makes sense for the Knicks’ future. Nothing has materialized.
In fact, a source told cheap nba jerseys authentic The Post the signing of veteran point guard Ramon Sessions partly was due to him connecting better with Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis than did Derrick Rose, who left for Cleveland via free agency.
Anthony has also dealt with the very public separation from his wife, La La.
All those issues swirl about as Anthony hosts The Basketball Tournament that concludes Thursday. Anthony also will attend a charity event Wednesday with Catherine Pugh, the mayor of Baltimore.
The $2 million winner-take-all competition featuring former NBA and Division I players is in its fourth year. Anthony, ironically, engineered its move from New York to Baltimore for the semifinals and finals, which will be televised by ESPN. Anthony lived in Brooklyn until age 10 before moving to Baltimore.
“After years of watching TBT, I decided to get involved,’’ Anthony stated in a release. “It’s a tournament for people to live out their basketball dreams and that’s exciting to me. I’m a believer in chasing after your dreams no matter what. And that’s what this tournament symbolizes to me.
“Baltimore will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to bring a tournament like this to this city. Basketball and Baltimore go hand in hand. The perfect match. A city that is all about determination. A city that helped build me.”
The nearby Wizards would seem an attractive destination for Anthony, but they just matched an offer sheet to small forward Otto Porter Jr. (four years, $106 million). The Post has reported the Knicks want Anthony to expand his wish list and Oklahoma City and Portland reportedly are interested.
Hooking up with his buddies Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston has become Anthony’s priority. Even the prospect of playing again for former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has not deterred Anthony, who rebelled against his speed-ball offense and reliance on Jeremy Lin, leading to the coach’s resignation in 2012.
Dan D’Antoni, the former Knicks assistant, told The Post on Monday his brother will be able to move on from the rancor in New York.
“There were a lot of things that went wrong, but Carmelo is a heckuva player,’’ Dan D’Antoni said. “All I’m saying is Mike’s a good person. He understands people change, things change. Two things you can’t deny: Mike’s a helluva coach. Carmelo is a very good player. If those two see eye-to-eye, Mike and I are always optimistic things are meant to be. The next day is going to be better than the day before.”
The Rockets dangled Ryan Anderson’s contract in multi-team packages but found no takers.
General manager Daryl Morey stockpiled a handful of non-guaranteed pacts to apply to an Anthony trade for mathematical purposes but Sunday released one of those players, Jarrod Uthoff, who had $200,000 due this week if he remained on the roster. Shawn Long, Tim Quarterman and Isaiah Taylor are still non-guaranteed chips on Houston’s roster.
Anthony can only hope those guys will be on the move soon.