The Memphis Grizzlies are an American professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The Grizzlies play their home games at FedExForum. The team is owned by Robert Pera. The Grizzlies are currently the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues based in the city of Memphis. The team was originally established as the Vancouver Grizzlies, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the 1995–96 season. After the 2000–01 season concluded, the Grizzlies moved to Memphis.
Memphis Grizzlies Team Player Salary
|Jaren Jackson Jr.||20||6,699,960|
In the year of 2017-18, with the departure of Randolph and Allen, Grizzlies missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10, and tied their longest losing streak in franchise history near the end of the season with 19 straight losses from January 31st to March 17th, 2018, while suffering from their worst loss in franchise history during the regular season on March 22nd, losing to the Charlotte Hornets 140-79, all with their point guard Mike Conley Jr. playing in all but 12 games due to being injured.
The Grizzlies tried to be competitive again with Conley and others back at the beginning of the 2018-19 season but were on the outside looking in as the trade deadline approached and they were standing at the 14th seed with a 22-33 record by February 5. The Grizzlies decided to move on from their two franchise players and the last remnants of the “Grit and Grind” era with Marc Gasol getting traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C. J. Miles, and a 2024 second-round Pick. After the season, on July 6th Conley was traded to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder and the 23rd pick of the 2019 NBA draft.
On the 12th of June 2019, the Grizzlies announced Tylor Jenkins as the team’s new head coach. With the second pick in the 2019 NBA draft, the Grizzlies selected Ja Morant. Additionally, they received Brandon Clarke after he was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 21st pick, and then immediately traded to the Grizzlies for the 23rd pick (via Utah Jazz) and the Grizzlies’ 2024 second-round pick.