The Memphis Grizzlies’ backup point guard situation
With Nick Calathes asking for his release, as well as Beno Udrih being a free agent, the Grizzlies are going to have a void to fill at backup point guard. There are multiple options and some will end up costing more than others. There are especially plenty of vets available, which is probably what Memphis needs. Some options might include the following:
I love Hinrich. Leader, defender, playmaker, he can do it all. His shooting has fallen off over the past couple of years, but if he can return anywhere close to form then I think he would be a great addition. Although he is aging at 33, he is still able to defend most guards in the league. Playing in limited minutes behind Mike Conley would be a great role for him to fill.
Ridnour would be another great fit with Memphis. He isn’t as good a defender as Hinrich, but his abilities are more on the offensive side of the ball. He can distribute the ball and run the second unit very well. Like Hinrich, his shooting has fallen off a bit from long distance, but he can still put the ball in the hoop from mid-range.
Whatever they were putting in D.J.’s Gatorade while he was in Chicago worked pretty damn well. He had by far the best season of his career and has proven that he is a potent scorer off the bench. Given, Tom Thibodeau does get the absolute best out of all of his players, but it is possible that he might find his stroke in Memphis as well.
Bringing back Beno could be a great choice too. He’s been with the team, knows most of the guys, and has a good grasp on the system. He was very successful during the playoffs when he took over for Nick Calathes who was suspended. Udrih is a pretty balanced player and would be a good choice to bring back.
Honestly, grabbing any of these guys would greatly help strengthen the Grizzlies’ bench. Someone who could score and be a spark off the bench would be great, but someone who could slide in and defend well would be a good fit too. Ultimately, the Grizzlies need to target one of these players, or another free agent point guard, and sign them before they get picked up by another team.