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The NBA Draft will happen tonight, starting at 6:00 PM local time. That means that the past few weeks of measurements, workouts, and interviews will finally pay off for most of the young men who are hoping to be on an NBA roster next season. Some teams will be looking to rebound from awful results by picking up a blue chip stud or two. Others will try to bolster their roster with the elusive missing piece. And some will just be making a myriad of moves that leaves you confused as to what exactly their intentions are.

So, what about the hometown Memphis Grizzlies? What will they do when things get cranked up tonight?

Some people are expecting them to make a big, big move by potentially trading away a starter like Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, or Mike Conley in order to move into the Top 5 and secure one of the talented top tier rookies. Others think that they’ll try to trade down or even outright sell their #25 pick, in order to get more salary cap space. And, of course, there is always the option that they’ll just stand pat and take the best player available when their selection comes around. Here’s what I think they’ll do…

First, they are going to hire a hypnotist. Then, they will have him — or her, because I’d be far more inclined to fall under the spell of a woman telling me to relax while waving a pocket watch in front of me than some weird guy — use the power of suggestion to convince the members of the Charlotte Bobcats front office (sorry Rich Cho) to trade the #2 pick and Byron “B.J.” Mullens for O.J. Mayo and Darrell Arthur in a sign-and-trade deal. We’ll throw in some BBQ to sweeten the deal — but no dry rub ribs. Also, just for fun, we’ll have the hypnotist work his (or her) magic on owner Michael Jordan so that he feels compelled to say “I’d have been nothing without B.J. Armstrong” whenever he hears the word “Air”.

Next, we’ll use the pick on Florida freshman guard Bradley Beal. By reputation, he’s one of the best shooters in the draft, so he can take over Mayo’s role as the primary bench scorer and perimeter threat. Finally, the Grizz will then trade the #25 pick and an assortment of Elvis memorabilia, Justin Timberlake CDs, and one mint condition Memphis Hound Dogs hat to Houston for Goran Dragic in another sign-and-trade deal. This will give them their much-needed backup point guard. Sounds good, right? If only I were an evil super genius, instead of a mischievous blogger — I’d make that happen.

Instead, the Grizzlies will most likely stick with their #25 pick and take the best player available, which I project to be international prospect, Evan Fournier. This is probably the smart pick late in the first round, as it is low risk, high reward, like most of Chris Wallace’s later draft selections. While Fournier doesn’t fill either of the big “needs” (backup point guard or outside shooter), talent trumps need in the draft game — and by all accounts, Fournier has lottery pick level talent.

Of course, I could be completely wrong and Chris Wallace and the rest of the front office might pull a gigantic rabbit out of the hat tonight. They might shock all of us, like we were when Shane Battier was traded for the rights to Rudy Gay. Or they might disappoint us by selling the pick in a money move, which is possible given the potential sale of the team. Or they might engage in multiple trades that will make former Portland GM Kevin Pritchard cry out for copyright infringement. Who knows? That’s the joy of it — you’re constantly on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen next. And that’s what makes draft night so magical.

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13 Responses to The Draft — Or What To Expect When You’re Expecting

  1. GreenNo Gravatar says:

    I still wish we could some how wrangle one of Houston’s PGs. Both Kyle Lowery and Goran Dragic are excellent and both are in a situation to move(One a FA and one unhappy with the team).

  2. AndyNo Gravatar says:

    Barring any draft-night trades, the lottery and the Grizzlies’ picks will shape up like this.

    1. Davis
    2. Robinson
    3. Beal
    4. MKG
    5. Drummond
    6. Lillard
    7. Barnes
    8. Waiters
    9. Henson
    10. Rivers
    11. Leonard
    12. Zeller
    13. Lamb
    14. Ross
    **25. Teague

    However, Cleveland will trade the 4th and 24th picks for Brad Beal, and the Bobcats will still get their man Robinson at #4 after the Wizards pick MKG. The Rockets will trade up to 5 and 8 to get Drummond and the BPA at 8 to package with Lowry for D12. Grizz will stay put at 25 because this is one of the deepest drafts in years, and Marquis Teague will reward their patience.

    However I’d be ok with dealing Rudy for Batum and Damian Lillard at the 6th pick.

  3. JoeNo Gravatar says:

    I really like the 2 and Mullens for O.J. and D.A., but that would be a little too awesome for us.

  4. oinkyNo Gravatar says:

    I predict Wallace trades Mayo and the 25th to the Raps for the 8 and takes Austin Rivers.

  5. kasdNo Gravatar says:

    Something needs to happen. I think OJ and one of our bench bigs go tonight. I hate to see OJ go….but i have made my peace. I think if OJ can be packaged for a few picks we go for it’. Boston has the 21st and 22nd picks and we know they almost traded for OJ last year. At 21 we can get Wroten, 22 Jenkins, 25 Barton…..that’s not a bad night if you ask me….

  6. HeathNo Gravatar says:

    OJ is definitely a good player(i saw glimpses of a REALLY good player, but not many though). He just doesn’t fit the team. We need a defensive minded, bench scoring, consistent 3 point shooter.

  7. theGrizzFanNo Gravatar says:

    Unless something changed within the new collective bargaining agreement, the Grizzlies cannot trade their pick. The “Ted Stepien” rule.
    Anyway, I’m big on Jenkins. I see him as an almost Steph Curry. Kinda almost. There are a lot of guys that can be taken at #25 that I’d be happy with though. This will be a good time at Buffalo Wild Wings.
    Thanks again guys.

  8. AndyNo Gravatar says:

    Ted Stepien? You might wanna let the Commercial Appeal know if that’s the case, GrizzFan. Today’s sports page featured an article on trading the pick

  9. presidentjoeNo Gravatar says:

    Would love to see the grizz move Rudy for a lottery pick and some other players but just dreaming there. Like the oj and Arthur trade for the second pick but that is yet another dream. If they still pick at 25 I think Draymon green is still the best talent if he is still there. Then use oj for a trade to get a good sg or pg.

  10. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    I have now seen 3 different “Final” draft boards from different sources, and they have all had the Grizz taking Fab Melo… thoughts on the 7 footer from Syr?

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