By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on May 10, 2014
The Memphis Grizzlies endured a season full of ups and downs this past year, ultimately not getting back to the Western Conference Finals like the previous year. With the offseason upon the team, here are the five biggest rumors surrounding the Grizzlies right now:
Randolph has an expensive player option that he will most likely opt into, but rumor has it that Memphis may not let that keep them from looking at alternatives to him at the power forward position. The Grizzlies may look to trade Randolph for whatever they can get and try to move his expiring contract in order to go with a less expensive option or a young player better suited for the future, such as reserve forward Ed Davis.
According to sources, Gasol cut his list of teams he is interested in signing with during free agency to the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol may look to team up with his brother Marc, and the Grizzlies may see him as a cheaper option than Randolph, who they may look to move for assets and reserve players.
Miller's one-year deal with the Grizzlies expired, and if he wants to win a championship, rumor has it he may look to join a team that has a proven nucleus that is closer to achieving that goal. The Grizzlies may pay out to try to bolster their perimeter shooting and re-sign Miller, but it may not be in his best interest to stick around for much longer if his real goal is winning.
Cleanthony Early performed well in the NCAA tournament, scoring 27.0 points per game on 65.3 percent shooting, showcasing his ability to be an athletic scorer with nice touch around the basket and deep range on his jump shot. The Grizzlies need shooting, and with Early projected to be available around where the Grizzlies draft at 22, the rumors are abound that Early may be Memphis' top target come draft time.
If the Grizzlies cannot find a better small forward either in the draft or in free agency, then Pondexter, who was injured for the majority of last season, may find himself coming back having to play big minutes early in the season. Pondexter provides perimeter shooting and above-average defense, and the quality play that he has shown in previous years may make him the guy at the three spot if rumors are true.
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