5 Contracts the Memphis Grizzlies must shed during the offseason

The Grizzlies must dump these players to get back into contention.
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4. Ziaire Williams

The tenth overall pick in 2021 is only 22 years old. He should continue to improve, but it is fair to question his impact after seeing the stats dip in year three. Memphis had a wide-open spot at the three this season, but Williams only made 15 starts and averaged just 20.4 minutes per game.

To make matters worse, he shot 39.7 percent from the field and 30.7 percent on his threes. Williams is not a ball-handler or playmaker, which makes surviving on offense without him spacing the floor difficult. Memphis had a 98 offensive rating when he played this season, and he produced a negative-0.7 VORP, which was the 14th-worst in the league.

Williams is extension-eligible this summer, but the Grizzlies are more likely to cut bait completely than sign him long-term. The 6’9 wing will make $6.1 million next season. Can Memphis package him with other players to add an upgrade? It will depend on how many teams are still buying his potential.

Missing on recent draft picks has put the Memphis Grizzlies in a difficult spot. They hope Ja Morant can lift them out, but it won’t be easy. The franchise must fill holes, but sometimes that means letting go of a valuable piece or two.