By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on June 25, 2014
The 2014 NBA Draft is just around the corner, but the rumors are still aplenty. Here are five last-minute whispers regarding the Memphis Grizzlies:
The Memphis Grizzlies might possibly have a need at the point guard position in terms of a backup due to Nick Calathes having to continue serving a drug suspension to start the season. If things do not turn around there, and Tyler Ennis falls to the Grizzlies in the draft, look for the team to make that move and take him with the No. 22 pick.
Stokes has been moving up big boards recently due to his performances in workouts and interviews with teams. Stokes is a 6-foot-9 big who can rebound the ball really well and generally tends to find himself in the right spot on both offense and defense. If Ed Davis leaves the Grizzlies, then the team may find itself taking Stokes in hope that he can fill a need as a backup big on the bench.
Warren is not the shooter that the Grizzlies really need in order to spread the floor for their frontcourt to succeed, but he is a talented scorer who finds a way to put points on the board, and whether it is shooting from deep or within the arc, the Grizzlies need offense badly in order to truly contend. Even after not having the best deep shooting in workouts, the Grizzlies still believe that Warren can be an impact offensive talent.
The Grizzlies are close to contending for a championship, and usually when a team is close enough to winning big, the premise is to try to bring in veterans who bring experience and proven talent who can help out immediately and have an impact. If the Grizzlies want to save money for free agency, they can take an international talent like Clint Capela, who is not ready for the NBA yet and stash him over in Europe to save money.
The Grizzlies need three-point shooting, as the team struggled to shoot the ball consistently last season. No one from Memphis has ruled out trying to trade up into the teens in order to get one of the elite shooting prospects like Doug McDermott, James Young, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas. Depending on how the draft unfolds, a move like that could really be in the cards for Memphis.
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