After a heartbreaking game 6 and a Randolph-less game 7, the Memphis Grizzlies were quickly dispatched by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs. It seemed after game 5 that Memphis had control on the series after playing such stout defense against the Kevin Durant led Thunder. The Grizzlies would end up allowing the Thunder to score 104 points in game 6, and a season high 120 in game 7.
After the disheartening loss, the Grizzlies will look to re-tool this offseason. Zach Randolph has a $16 million player option that he most likely will decline, Mike Miller will become a free agent, Ed Davis is set to become a free agent along with backup Center Kosta Koufous. Dave Joerger puzzled many Grizzlies fans in game 7 by starting Mike Miller at Power Forward, but things looked to pay off going small. Ed Davis was expected to get the bulk of the minutes in place of the suspended Zach Randolph, but he never saw the floor.
Randolph has stated that he would like to stay in Memphis with a long term deal and would likely come at a cheaper price. I for one would love to see the Grizzlies keep Randolph for maybe 2 or 3 more years at $8-$10 million/year. Memphis will need to sign a 3pt specialist this offseason and one player that comes to mind is Caron Butler. Butler was picked up by the Thunder after the Bucks cut him in mid February. Though not a big contributor, he could be that spark off the bench behind Courtney Lee and Mike Conley.
If Memphis doesn’t end up signing a free agent 3-pt specialist, I’d like for them to target one in the draft with their only pick in the 1st round. The Grizzlies will be picking in the lower 20′s in the 1st round, and one name that comes to mind is Missouri SG Jabari Brown. Brown had a phenomenal year at Mizzou and shot 41% from downtown. Brown was one of the leading scorers in the SEC in 2013-2014, and could be the player to take over for Courtney Lee once his contract expires. At 6’5, Brown is a versatile guard that can play anywhere from the point all the way down to a small forward.
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