Dumping Prince is one thing the Grizzlies will be trying to do in this year’s draft, but might have a tough time doing it. Maybe the 22nd pick is enough to entice the Raptors to take on his $7.7 million contract next season. If the Grizzlies were to acquire John Salmons in the trade, Memphis would be able to waive the 12 year Guard/SF and save $6 million of the $7 million he’s due for the 2014-2015 season.
I think this wouldn’t be a good move for the Grizzlies. Even though Memphis is strapped for cash, they need to draft some young talent. There are still some great prospects that will be on the board for Memphis during the 22nd pick like T.J. Warren out of NC State who scored 24.9 ppg and shot 52.5% from the field during the 2013-2014 NCAA season. Warren was the 3rd leading scorer in College Basketball this past season and could help Memphis tremendously as a much needed scoring threat.
Other possibilities for Memphis at the 22nd pick are Tennessee Forward Jarnell Stokes and Missouri Combo Guard Jordan Clarkson. Stokes averaged 15.1 ppg and 10.6 rebounds during the 2013-2014 season. The 6’8 PF from Tennessee is a mirror image of Zach Randolph at 260 lb’s, and could be seen as a replacement for #50 if he were to walk in free agency. On the other hand, former Mizzou guard Jordan Clarkson is a prototype Russell Westbrook. Averaging 17.5 ppg for the Tigers last season, Clarkson went on to be one of the most dynamic back court players in the entire SEC. Clarkson ended up shooting 44.7% on the season but was horrific from behind the 3 pt line at 28.1%.
As it stands right now, the Grizzlies are still sitting with the 22nd overall pick in the 1st round of this year’s NBA Draft. I’m not an advisor, but I’m sure fan’s would want Memphis to keep the pick in order to bring in some fresh young talent to an aging roster.