Justin Timberlake and the Memphis card

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So, Justin Timberlake has bought 126 acres of land in Williamson County, according to The Tennessean.
Let the hand-wringing begin.
But beware the wigsnatch – the term Timberlake hashtagged in a Twitter response to someone who accused him of jumping on the bandwagon in support of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Timberlake pointing out that he is a part-owner of the Memphis franchise.
The Williamson County land purchase now engages a larger test of civic lore in which Timberlake will likely never lose his Memphis heritage, even if he wanted to – which he doesn’t.
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Report: Marc Gasol Talking Only to Grizzlies

Marc Gasol and the rest of the NBA’s free agents can’t sign contracts until July 9. But according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, citing “league sources,” Gasol will not meet with other teams, and the Grizzlies have a contingent of team officials in Spain to begin discussions on a new contract with the All-Pro center.

While Gasol has revealed little throughout the process, except to express his affection for Memphis, word has leaked out from New York and Los Angeles indicating the Knicks and Lakers do not have a shot at signing Gasol. Stein also reported that the San Antonio Spurs, long considered the team with the best shot to take Gasol away from the Grizzlies, is now focusing its attention on Portland free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.

The ESPN report made it sound all but a sure thing that Gasol would return to Memphis with the only question being whether he signs a short-term or long-term deal. Many observers have speculated Gasol would sign a two-year contract that would allow him to opt out after next season when the league gets an influx of new TV money and salaries will skyrocket. If Gasol signed a max five-year deal with the Grizzlies now, who under league rules can pay him more than any other team, it would approach $110 million.

Memphis director Craig Brewer this week released a short video, “Marc Gasol of Memphis,” which included minority team owner and entertainer Justin Timberlake, as a way of saying Gasol’s NBA home is the Bluff City.

After the team lost in the second round of the playoffs to Golden State in six games, Gasol told local media: “The ties to the city, to the people of the city, go beyond basketball with me. My whole family has been here since 2001. The place where I used to go watch basketball games is now a Bass Pro Shop. So imagine how many things have happened in almost 15 years.

“So you can understand when I play here, when I step on the hardwood, and how special it is for me. With that said, I cannot tell what’s gonna happen in the future. But I know how special it is for me.

“It won’t be no drama, nothing crazy,” Gasol added. “It’s going to be a well-thought-out decision and something you feel good about and you move forward.”

– Don Wade

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 realtor.com.

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.