By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on June 22, 2014
The Memphis Grizzlies still have some questions to answer in terms of extensions, draft picks and who they want to retain. Here are five bold predictions for the Grizzlies regarding their 2014 offseason.
Davis was brought in via the Rudy Gay trade with Toronto and has since been a valuable forward off the bench capable of rebounding the ball and playing great defense in pinches. Unfortunately, Davis may demand money that the Grizzlies could use elsewhere to address bigger needs or bring in a better player at the position. Davis will be playing on a different team come next season.
Miller played all 82 games for the Grizzlies this past season, and he was one of the only three-point threats the team had all year. Nevertheless, Miller should want to move to a team that has a better chance of contending than Memphis, and I believe he will move on and find a different home come next season.
The Memphis Grizzlies are not a team known for doing incredibly well in the draft, but this year has so many players who can help the team with their biggest need: outside shooting. Nik Stauskas, James Young, Gary Harris and Rodney Hood are all capable of making shots from deep, and I think Memphis is going to try to move up to get one of these talents to have a better offense capable of contending next season.
The Grizzlies are fairly close to being able to win a championship, and one more veteran who can put points on the board or take up key minutes could put the team over the top. Both Gasol and Deng can score in bunches as well as play enough defense to help a quality team. I think the Grizzlies will cut money elsewhere in order to save up to sign one of these key veterans to make a real run at a title.
It has already been rumored that the Grizzlies are working on an extension for Randolph, but the question is for how much? If Memphis can convince Randolph to take a fairly decent pay cut, then the team could be set up to go after a middle-tier veteran as previously mentioned to bolster the depth of the team and make a real playoff run. Look for Randolph to realize this is the best option and sign for much less than what he is really worth.
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