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The NBA draft in November? Why not?

Usually a rite of early summer, the event that transforms the best college basketball players into highly paid pros was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Memphis Grizzlies don’t have a pick in the first round, but that doesn’t mean nothing will happen. In fact, that’s precisely the time to monitor the draft board.

The NBA also decided to suddenly open up the trade window Monday, with free agency starting up Friday. The Grizzlies’ front office has a lot to consider, with its young core, valuable future picks and possible trade bait. And if another team’s general manager suddenly has a crazy thought, it can cascade into something the Grizzlies might like to maneuver into. Or not.

Two former Memphis Tigers, James Wiseman and Precious Achiuwa are expected to be taken high in the draft, which begins at 6 p.m. Central time.

The high school football playoffs continue, though two local teams had their seasons end prematurely not because of a loss on the field, but because of positive COVID-19 tests.

Speaking of football, the Memphis Tigers are back in action this weekend. They are playing Stephen F. Austin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Liberty Bowl.

And if you want sports to continue: Wear your masks! — Sports editor Elaine Sung

 
 
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Calkins: The best reason to root for James Wiseman
 

Yes, he quit on the Memphis Tigers. But Memphis fans should be rooting for him, anyway. 

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Grizzlies draft: Will any 'popular' names still be available at pick 40?
 

The Grizzlies could go a number of different directions, but without a first-round pick, can Memphis snag an underrated role player?

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Herrington: Grizzlies could dive into trade, but have reasons to wait
 

Surprise! The NBA suddenly decided to lift the trade moratorium, which brings up a bevy of names to consider.

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Recruiting notebook: Whitehaven's Allmond picks Jackson State: HBCU 'felt like home'
 

Nation’s No. 70 girls basketball senior pledges future to Jackson State.

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James Wiseman on his blip of a Memphis Tigers career: 'I wouldn't change anything'
 

The center is one of the top prospects in Wednesday’s NBA draft despite playing in just three college games.

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Taking a look at Precious Achiuwa's potential NBA draft suitors
 

The former Memphis Tigers forward worked out for the Heat, Celtics and Wizards last week. 

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Two local players are finalists for Mr. Football Awards
 

Dietrick Pennington of ECS and Dallan Hayden of CBHS earn invitations to next month’s ceremonies.

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New Grizzlies assistant Sonia Raman saving the best of Memphis for last
 

Raman has gotten the highlights of the city. Now it’s time to get her eye on the team. 

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Memphis basketball: How COVID-19 will change opening day
 

The Tigers' season opener at the Crossover Classic will have a different feel thanks to the pandemic.

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Memphis Grizzlies to allow some fans at FedExForum this season
 

The arena will have restricted capacity, and the team is looking at possible COVID-19 testing for fans in certain seating.

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Calkins: Army staff sergeant, 38, signs to play golf at Christian Brothers
 

Jonathan Shuskey spent the past two decades serving his country, including four tours in Afghanistan. His path has taken him to college and a different kind of team.

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Covington cancels football playoff game because of COVID-19
 

Covington’s season comes to an end with an 8-2 record.

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Lausanne football postseason ends following positive COVID-19 test
 

The Lynx’s Division 2-AA quarterfinal opponent, Lipscomb, advances to the semifinals.

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