Grizzlies Acquire Matt Barnes in Another Move

The Luke Ridnour era is over. A day after the Grizzlies traded for the 34-year-old point guard, they have turned around and shipped off Ridnour to Charlotte for 6-7 forward Matt Barnes, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Barnes, 35, averaged 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season for the Los Angeles Clippers. Barnes made 36.2 percent of his 3-pointers, the second-best mark of his career. The Hornets acquired Barnes, who will make $3.5 million this season, in a trade earlier this month. Only $1 million of his contract is guaranteed, according to reports.

Marc Stein of ESPN said the Grizzlies will keep Barnes and that means fans will have an adjustment to make. Barnes played the last three seasons with the Clippers, perhaps the team Grizzlies fans most love to hate. While Barnes never received boos at the level of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, he was, well, annoying. He scored a playoff career-high 30 points on May 3, 2013 as the Grizzlies defeated the Clippers 118-105 at FedExForum to close out their first-round series.

The Grizzlies actually drafted Barnes with the 46th overall pick in 2002, but he was part of the trade with Cleveland that brought Wesley Person to Memphis.

Barnes first played for the Clippers, during the 2003-04 season, and also has played with Sacramento, Philadelphia, New York, Golden State, Phoenix, Orlando and the Lakers.

Barnes holds career averages of 8.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, with a 3-point shooting percentage of 33.8. 

– Don Wade 

Memphis Grizzlies reportedly trade for Luke Ridnour

The Memphis Grizzlies aren’t waiting for the NBA Draft Thursday night to start tweaking things. According to a report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski Wednesday morning, the Grizzlies have sent the rights to the 60th overall pick in the 2013 draft, wing Janis Timma, to the Orlando Magic for veteran point guard Luke Ridnour.
Ridnour, the 14th overall pick of the 2003 draft by the Seattle Supersonics, owns career averages of 9.3 points and 4.5 assists per game. His career 3-point shooting percentage is 34.9.
Last season with the Magic, Ridnour averaged 4.0 points and 2.0 assists and shot 31.7 percent from 3-point range.
The deal for Ridnour, 34, makes it all the more likely that restricted free agent Nick Calathes does not return to the Grizzlies and opens up the possibility that back-up point guard Beno Udrih might not stick. Udrih, 32, had off-season ankle surgery and already struggled to stay in front of opposing point guards.
The Grizzlies hold the 25th overall pick in the Thursday, June 25 draft. They currently do not have a second-round pick.

– Don Wade

Former Grizzlies Star Gay Selling Memphis Home

Former Memphis Grizzlies star Rudy Gay is trying to unload his Memphis mansion.

Gay, now with the Sacramento Kings, has listed his 8,373-square-foot home – yes, you read that right – in Galloway for $2.2 million, according to

The four-bedroom home features five full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. This custom home overlooking Galloway Golf Course has an amazing master suite with adjoining sitting room and fireplace, luxurious master bath, spacious custom closets, and attached nursery/office with full bath.

If you want to see how an N.B.A. star lives check out the photos here.



Medtronic and Samsung unveil partnership

Medtronic – the spinal division of which is based in Memphis – has announced a major partnership with Samsung to help improve some of the things associated with diabetes management for the millions of people living with and at risk of the disease.

The companies are developing a range of solutions that include everything from the ability to remotely view diabetes data to integrating mobile and wearable devices into diabetes management systems.

Details of the partnership were announced at the recent American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions. The companies said their first project “focuses on delivering more discreet and convenient access to personal diabetes data by developing mobile applications optimized for Samsung mobile devices that will enable the viewing of insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring information.”

That application will work with Medtronic`s MiniMed Connect product, which provides access to important diabetes information for people with diabetes as well as remote alerts for their loved ones, and it’s expected to be available in the U.S. later this year.

Hnedak Scholarship Winners Hit Europe

You might remember Branden Canepa and Thor Harland, the Hnedak Bobo Group team members who won the inaugural Gregory O. Hnedak Travel Scholarship.

We wrote about them here back in January.

Well, Canepa and Harland have touched down in Europe and they’re blogging about it.

Canepa will walk a portion of El Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that winds its way to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.

Harland is travelling through London and Paris to study the interplay between history and progress in design, how the old and new mix together in the built environment.

You can follow the pair’s adventures on their blog, where they’ve already posted some updates and great pictures. You can also follow along on Facebook.