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Draft picks, trades, players opting in or out of contracts. It’s been a busy 24 hours.

I still cannot wrap my head around all of last night’s activity to determine who made moves that were good, bad, or otherwise, so I’ll just focus on the team you come here daily to read about: the Memphis Grizzlies.

Draft Picks
#41 – Jamaal Franklin (SG – San Diego State)
#60 – Janis Timma (SF – BK Ventspils)

Darrell Arthur (PF) and #55 pick Joffrey Lauvergne (PF – KK Partizan) to Denver Nuggets
Kosta Koufos (F/C) to Memphis Grizzlies

Player Option
Jerryd Bayless (G) picks up $3.1 million option for next season.

So what does all of that mean? Well, first and foremost, it means that the offseason is taking on a definitive shape finally. Much of the uncertainty has been removed after what has transpired over the last two days.

What do we know?
We know that Ed Davis will no longer be blocked from playing time by DA. We know that Bayless will be returning, giving the Grizzlies a combo guard who is able to be a scoring threat off the bench. We know that the front office nabbed a guy in Franklin that was rated a Top 20 player by some experts and that they had already given the nickname “The Grindson” to prior to the draft due to the similarity of his game to that of Tony Allen (The Grindfather) — although I like the other nickname I’ve heard “Evil Kawhi” even better. We know that the front office won’t worry about taking a player with local ties just to assuage the unrest among a vocal minority portion of the fanbase. Oh yeah…we know who the head coach is now, too.

What do we think?
We think that the Grizzlies will make good on their word: “Our plan is to find TA at 12:01 a.m. on Monday and make our pitch to keep him.” -Jason Levien. We think that, after Bayless picked up his extension and TA is re-signed, the Grizzlies will probably only have around $3 million to spend in free agency, which puts them out of the hunt for guys like Kyle Korver and J.J. Redick, or even a return of O.J. Mayo. We think that with a return of the same starting lineup and a bench of Tony Wroten, Bayless, Quincy Pondexter, Davis, and Koufos, along with Franklin, Jon Leuer and Donte Greene (non-guaranteed contract for each of the next two years), that gives them a roster of 13. They’ll evaluate Timma in Summer League, but it would be very surprising if he doesn’t stay in Europe for at least one more year. Barring another trade, there just isn’t a feasible way for them to bring in even a marginally well-known player. We think that Dave Joerger is being genuine when he states that he feels comfortable taking over this team based on his familiarity with them and his experience as a head coach. We think the Grizzlies could still use another swingman who is a legitimate perimeter shooter.

What do we expect?
We expect the Grizzlies to re-sign Tony Allen. We expect them to also sign another player in free agency, probably a shooter who can play SG/SF. We expect the gripes about the offseason moves to continue right up until Memphis wins three games in a row early next season and then it will subside…slightly. We expect the occasional trade rumor about Zach Randolph to continue, no matter what the front office says about it. We expect fans to react too strongly about Summer League performances. We expect the experts to continue their trend of underrating the Grizzlies’ chances in preseason predictions. We expect this team to feed off of all of the doubt and naysaying, and then use it as motivation. We expect Heart, Grit and Grind.

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3 Responses to Taking Shape

  1. MemphishNo Gravatar says:

    With the way things are shaping up we are probably looking at someone like maybe a Dorell Wright, Randy Foye, or an Anthony Morrow. Still holding out that we can some how swing a Mike Dunleavy. I liked the prospect of him joining the team much more than Korver and definitely more than Reddick.

  2. btrautscNo Gravatar says:

    I think Franklin could be a great addition – and will show the fans how the new Grizz coaching/ FO will handle young talent… that was not (IMO) a specialty of the Hollins era.

    Now we have Franklin, Wroten, Davis, Pondexter, Leuer, maybe Austin Daye, and even Bayless – all as young talents around our core of vets. Exciting times.

    I am not thrilled with Prince + contract. He’s a great vet with experience – but he and Tony Allen can’t play simultaneously. There is so little offensive creativity and lack of distance shooting that teams can easily pack the paint (as the Spurs taught the league).

    I am interested to see if we can pick up a great shooter (Morrow/ Dunleavy/ Carlos Delfino) or a creator who can play off the wing – Alan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, Chase Budinger – or obviously if possible JJ Reddick.

    Jose Calderon could be an interesting piece dependent on if he wants to play with his buddy Marc.

  3. claudestino7No Gravatar says:

    I like the Franklin pick. Saw the utube video of his workout with the Griz and the guy could hardly miss a shot (and shooting is supposed to be his weakness). When they picked him the first thing I thought was he was similar to Tony Wroten.
    I was happy to see Hollins go since they can now try to develop players other than the starting five. Playing the starters close to 40 mins a game will guarantee you have a successful season but they won’t go that far in the playoffs.
    I am sensing that Prince won’t be back. Does anyone know if he has two more years on his contract? I think they picked up Greene to be his replacement or the backup SF.

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