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VOL. 132 | NO. 135 | Monday, July 10, 2017

Sports Notebook: Grizz Moves Bring Tyreke Evans Back to Memphis

By Don Wade

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Zach Randolph (AP File Photo)

The Memphis Grizzlies continued changing their roster for the upcoming season by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent guard Tyreke Evans.

Evans, according to ESPN, will make $3.3 million on the one-year deal. Evans, 27, played one year for the University of Memphis and then was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Sacramento Kings.

In eight NBA seasons, he has averaged 16.1 points, 5.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds. In 2010, he was the NBA Rookie of the Year. He began last season with New Orleans, but went back to the Kings in the trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans.

He averaged a career-low 10.3 points last season in 40 total games and he played little with the Kings after the trade due to knee issues.

The deal with Evans follows free agents Zach Randolph (two years and $24 million) and Vince Carter one year ($8 million) signing with the Kings, who are coached by former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger.

The Grizzlies also re-signed guard Wayne Selden and added free agent guard Ben McLemore (formerly of the Kings). McLemore, 24, agreed to a two-year $10.7 million deal and could start alongside point guard Mike Conley in the backcourt with Evans as the new go-to guy on the second unit with Randolph gone.

Still up in air is the status of restricted free agent power forward JaMychal Green. Veteran guard Tony Allen is an unrestricted free agent and given the Grizzlies’ other moves seems unlikely to return. Multiple media reports have said the Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers are discussing a sign-and-trade deal.

Just a Rumor

Vince Carter (Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

Randolph took to Twitter to dispel a rumor that he was making a $1 million donation to MLG&W. Randolph has made an annual donations to help people with their utility bills and said he would continue that tradition with a $20,000 donation this fall.

Harden Holder of NBA’s Richest Contract

With the Houston Rockets giving guard James Harden a four-year extension worth a reported a $170 million, Harden is set to earn a total of $228 million through the 2022-23 season.

The Rockets had given Harden a $118 million four-year extension last summer.

SEC Media Days Begin Monday, July 10

Are you ready for some college football? Even if you’re not, SEC Media Days will kick off Monday morning in Hoover, Ala., and run through Thursday.

Here’s the day each coach will appear:

Monday features Ed Orgeron in his first appearance here as LSU head coach, Arkansas’ Bret Bielema (maybe the closest to the always entertaining Steve Spurrier), and the utterly predictable Butch Jones of Tennessee.

Tuesday is heavy on the East Division with Florida’s Jim McElwain, Georgia’s Kirby Smart and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason all meeting with the media. The lone West coach is Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen.

Alabama’s Nick Saban steals the spotlight on Wednesday. Also appearing: Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, Missouri’s Barry Odom, and Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M.

Things wrap up Thursday with Auburn’s Gus Malzahn (the Tigers may be the second-best team in the league behind Alabama), embattled Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp.

Results of media voting for predicted order of finish will be released on Friday. 

Three U of M Golfers Recognized

Three members of the Memphis women’s golf team were named Women’s Collegiate Golf All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. Leighann Cabush, Sydney Colwill and Emily Goldenstein each earned the academic honors after posting a GPA above a 3.50 during the 2016-17 academic year. Across the country and across all-levels of college golf, a total of 952 women’s golfers were recognized by the coaches association.


Cabush, who graduated from the University of Memphis in May, is an honoree on the list for a third time, as is Goldenstein, who will be one of two seniors on the 2017-18 roster. Colwill, who recently posted a runner-up finish in the Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship, will be a junior this coming season, and is earning her second consecutive All-American Scholar honor.


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