Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, co-signed by Ja Morant, said they couldn’t wait for Memphis to trade then face Andre Iguodala. Iguodala began the season with the young Grizzlies but never played for them. Memphis dealt him to the Heat, who had no remaining games against the Grizzlies this season.
But scrimmages in advance of the NBA resumption at Disney World provided another opportunity.
Memphis came ready to play and topped Miami 128-110 today. The big flareup came not with Brooks, Morant or Iguodala – but Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas and Heat forward Jae Crowder, who got sent from Memphis to Miami in the Iguodala trade.
Valanciunas is making plenty of waves in these scrimmages.
Jared Sullinger, Crowder’s teammate on the Celtics likes to tell a story. At Ohio State, Sullinger exchanged pleasantries with his friend, Marquette’s Vander Blue, before their teams faced each other in the NCAA tournament. Crowder – another Marquette player – noticed the inter-team chit chat… and nearly fought Sullinger.
I’m far from convinced Crowder and Valanciunas have turned into enemies. Neither were Crowder and Sullinger.
But it’s nice to see Crowder keep some of that same energy even in such a low-stakes game.