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Top Chimezie Metu News
Chimezie Metu: Cut by Memphis
Metu will be waived by the Grizzlies on Friday, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.
The Suns traded Metu to the Grizzlies on Thursday, but Memphis has other ideas for its frontcourt. Metu will likely generate a lot of interest on the open market. With the Suns, Metu averaged 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.1 minutes while hitting 50.8 percent from the field.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Chimezie Metu: Dealt to Memphis
The Grizzlies acquired Metu and Yuta Watanabe from the Suns on Thursday in a three-team deal involving the Suns and Nets that sent Keita Bates-Diop and Jordan Goodwin to Brooklyn and David Roddy Royce O'Neale to Phoenix, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Metu has seen inconsistent playing time for the Suns this season, averaging 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.1 minutes across 37 appearances, including five starts. However, the 26-year-old big man will likely receive increased playing time for a Memphis team that has been ravaged by injuries.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Coming off bench Sunday
Metu isn't starting Sunday against the Grizzlies.
With Kevin Durant sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Metu started the last three games. Metu averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 19.3 minutes per game during those starts but will come off the bench Sunday, as Durant has been cleared to return. However, with Durant on a minute restriction, Metu could see a few more minutes than usual.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Plays well in spot start
Metu finished with 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes during Monday's 109-88 win over the Trail Blazers.
Metu drew the spot start with Kevin Durant (hamstring) sidelined, although it was believed to be a maintenance day. Metu has fared well in three fill-in starts this campaign, averaging 12.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.3 three-pointers. With Durant expected back Wednesday versus Dallas, Metu will likely move back to the bench.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Draws start Monday
Metu will start in place of Kevin Durant (hamstring) on Monday against Portland, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Metu has averaged 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds across 22.5 minutes in two starts this season, but he boomed for a 23-point, 19-rebound double-double in a season-high 34 minutes off the bench on Christmas. The 26-year-old has streaming appeal against a Portland frontcourt lacking Deandre Ayton (knee) and likely Duop Reath (back).... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Monster effort off bench
Metu finished Monday's 128-114 loss to the Mavericks with 23 points (9-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 19 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 34 minutes.
Metu turned in arguably the best performances of his career and made a strong case for more minutes, delivering a massive double-double in the Christmas Day loss. He shattered his previous season-high marks in both points and rebounds, and while this type of big outing is sure to bring more attention to Metu, fantasy managers outside of deeper leagues shouldn't rush to add him off waiver wires. Top center Jusuf Nurkic (personal) missed his second game in a row Monday, and Drew Eubanks still picked up the start before Metu replaced him on the top unit to begin the second half. Metu could end up sticking as the top backup over Eubanks once Nurkic is back, but even if Eubanks doesn't fall out of the rotation, Metu should still be in good shape to hold down the top backup role at power forward.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Quality outing in start
Metu notched 14 points (5-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes during Tuesday's 119-116 victory over the Warriors.
With Kevin Durant (ankle) sidelined, Metu made his first start of 2023-24 on Tuesday and recorded season-highs in points, rebounds and minutes. While he will likely return to the bench once Durant can suit up again, Metu may continue to be a primary option for the Suns off the bench in the frontcourt, though he faces competition from Nassir Little (concussion), Keita Bates-Diop and Yuta Watanabe.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Gets starting nod
Metu is in the starting five for Tuesday's game versus the Warriors.
Metu will replace Keita Bates-Diop in the starting lineup Tuesday, with Kevin Durant (ankle) out. Metu will make his first start of the season after logging 23 minutes in Phoenix's previous contest.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Plays well off bench
Metu provided 10 points (4-9 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two steals over 23 minutes during Friday's 114-106 loss to the Kings.
The Suns were very shorthanded Friday, and that seems to be the story of their season. Kevin Durant (ankle) and Grayson Allen (groin) were held out, and Nassir Little left the game after four minutes due to being in concussion protocol. Metu made the most of his newfound minutes, setting a new season-best mark of 10 points. He's been a fringe rotation player for most of the season, but credit to Metu for stepping up when his number was called.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Logs two blocks in victory
Metu chipped in four points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds and two blocks in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 123-115 victory over the Warriors.
Metu played double-digit minutes for the first time this season and didn't have stellar offensive production, but he recorded two blocks in the comfortable win. However, he's unlikely to see a significant role for the Suns moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Back to bench
Metu will return to the bench for Thursday's preseason game against the Blazers.
The Suns are throwing Kevin Durant back out there after giving him a rest on Tuesday. Metu has had a solid preseason so far with averages of 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 three-pointers through two games.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Enters starting lineup
Metu is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's preseason game against Denver, Duane Rankin of Arizona Central reports.
With Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal resting, the Suns will go with a more traditional lineup with Metu alongside Jusuf Nurkic in the frontcourt. Metu made a nice impression in the preseason opener Sunday, scoring 14 points in 19 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Chimezie Metu: Headed to Phoenix
The Suns signed Metu to a one-year contract Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Metu will head to Phoenix after spending the first five seasons of his career in Sacramento. In 2022-23, he averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 10.4 minutes across 66 appearances. Metu will likely compete for backup center role behind Deandre Ayton in 2023-24.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Chimezie Metu: Solid production off bench
Metu notched 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-9 FT) and nine rebounds over 17 minutes during Friday's 119-97 loss to the Warriors.
With Sacramento resting the majority of its regulars, Metu saw an increased role off the bench. He scored a season-high 15 points and tied his season-best mark with nine boards. When he's played at least 15 minutes this season (10 games), Metu has averaged 6.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in 16.4 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Chimezie Metu: Tallies seven points in win
Metu provided seven points (3-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) over eight minutes during Wednesday's 117-114 victory over the Bulls.
Metu has been held under 10 minutes of playing time in four of his last six appearances, but he was efficient from the floor with his limited opportunities during Wednesday's narrow win. Across his last six outings, he's averaged 6.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 9.5 minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Chimezie Metu: Nearly double-doubles
Metu closed with eight points (4-4 FG, 0-1 FT), nine rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes during Friday's 176-175 double-overtime victory over the Clippers.
Metu picked up some extra run Friday with Domantas Sabonis fouling out after 31 minutes. Metu usually sees minutes in the low teens most nights and that's likely to be the case Sunday against the Thunder.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Chimezie Metu: Shines as backup center
Metu finished Sunday's 136-104 loss to the Pelicans with seven points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 10 minutes.
Even though none of the Kings' starters played more than 30 minutes in the blowout loss, Metu didn't see an expanded role as the backup to starting center Domantas Sabonis. Instead, head coach Mike Brown turned the game over to most of his deep reserves in the fourth quarter, with Richaun Holmes playing the final 10:19 of the contest while Metu rode the bench. Metu at least managed to produce well during his time on the floor, and he looks to have clearly supplanted Holmes for the No. 2 role at center. Even so, Metu likely won't be the fantasy radar outside of the deepest of leagues unless Sabonis misses time at some point.... See More ... See Less
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