5 biggest questions for the Memphis Grizzlies heading into 2022 offseason

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No. 2: What will the Memphis Grizzlies do with their 2022 NBA Draft picks?

The Memphis Grizzlies will have two first-round picks in the 2022 NBA Draft, which are expected to be in the 20s. They will get the first-round pick from the Utah Jazz and they will have their own pick.

The Grizzlies have a history of identifying a player they want in a draft and trading up to acquire said player. We saw it with Brandon Clarke, Desmond Bane, Santi Aldama, and Ziaire Williams.

If the Grizzlies own picks No. 22 and 29, could they package those two and a player to the Washington Wizards for their lottery pick (projected to be No. 10 overall)?

Would the Grizzlies want to roll with a rookie backup point guard? Or would they target an athletic center to help defend the Karl-Anthony Towns of the NBA come playoff time?

Prediction: Grizzlies move into late lottery for a backup point guard or backup big man

No. 3: Should the Memphis Grizzlies bring back Dillon Brooks next season?

After a disastrous playoff run for Dillon Brooks, fans began to sour on the longest-tenured member on this Grizzlies team.

It’s important to note that once the 2022-23 season begins, Brooks will be in the final year of his contract— valued at $11.4 million. This makes it an attractive trade piece for a team in search of unloading a big contract. Brooks’ contract could fill a need in that any trade partner would need to take on a certain amount of salary to make a hypothetical trade work that would net Memphis a player with a large salary.

Dillon Brooks plays great defense, but his offense leaves a lot to be desired. For whatever reason, he’s assumed the role of “high-volume” shooter. The only problem is that he’s wildly inaccurate. He can get hot, and go on a streak (like we saw in Game 6 vs Golden State).

It took him 28 shots to score 30 points in that game. You don’t mind if someone like Desmond Bane, one of the most accurate shooters in the NBA shoots a high volume because he’s going to make a lot more of those shots.

The Grizzlies need to have a heart-to-heart with Brooks and find out if he’s willing to adapt his role on offense for the benefit of the team. If he’s not interested in that, it may be time to amicably move on.

Prediction: Brooks stays, at least until next season’s trade deadline