Saturday, May 26, 2007

What Memphis could do this offseason

Memphis lost big in the draft lottery, getting the number four overall pick despite having the worst record in the NBA. Of course, star forward Pau Gasol was injured for the beginning part of the season. If it weren't for Gasol's injury, the Grizzlies might have made it into the playoffs. In my opinion, they might have been one the teams who tanked the last few games of the regular season to try to get the most ping pong balls for the lottery, which the succeeded in doing. With their first rounder, I could see the Grizzlies doing a variety of things. They could trade it to a team like the Portland Trail Blazers, who are looking to move up in the draft to get Mike Conley, Jr., they could take Brandan Wright out of North Carolina, a guy who has the potential to team up with Gasol and become a good tandem of big men, or I could also see them bringing a winning attitude to their team in either Corey Brewer or Al Horford of Florida, the back to back national champions.

The Grizzlies also have a lot to think about for the offseason. They need a new coach and general manager. Since they don't have a top two pick, those tasks could be a lot more difficult to accomplish. The Grizzlies originally talked to Billy Donovan of Florida and Hall of Famer Larry Brown also had interest. Of course, this came with the assumption of getting to coach Greg Oden or Kevin Durant, but that will probably not happen. The Grizzlies also have to deal with the disgruntled Gasol, who demanded a trade last year. He could have gone to the Chicago Bulls, but didn't when the Bulls refused to include rising star Luol Deng in the deal. I expect Gasol to go this offseason, but nobody knows who will take him on yet. I still see the Bulls as a possible destination, but not if they have to include Deng in the deal, especially after his playoff series against the Miami Heat. He could also go to the Knicks, who are always looking to make a splash in player transactions, or the Lakers, who said they will upgrade the team for Kobe Bryant. The Grizzlies have a lot to think about this offseason.

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