While four teams continue to play toward the ultimate goal in the NBA, for most of the NBA â?? the Grizzlies included â?? things have moved into off-season mode. Now, all that can be done is to sit and wait for the draft and free agency to come along so that for a few brief moments, we can talk about our teams and the future.
For now, though, there’s not really much to talk about. Unless you’re a Cavs, Spurs, Warriors, or Celtics fan, your team isn’t playing, and everything that’s being discussed has to be in the abstract.
In other words: IT’S KINDA SLOW AROUND THESE HERE PARTS
Eventually, once we’ve moved past the inevitable Cavs/Warriors threematch, I’ll probably want to talk a little more in depth about the Grizzlies’ offseason, but for now, here’s five thoughts on what’s sure to be a big summer for Memphis.
1. JaMychal Green is the key to the Grizzlies offseason
JaMychal Green’s restricted free agency has loomed on the horizon the entire season, and his move into the starting lineup (postseason changes notwithstanding) has only served to emphasize how key Green is to this offseason’s plans.
For the most part, everyone who I’ve talked or listened to seems to think that JaMychal should pull in anywhere from $8-12 million per season in the open market given his restricted status and the fact that he likely won’t be a first option for teams trying to find a power forward. The Grizzlies will have a chance to match whatever offer he receives, and even at the top of that range, you’d have to think Memphis would feel okay about matching.
Of course, then you remember what Allen Crabbe got in restricted free agency last season, and you see tweets like this, which make you doubt everything:
The Nets making an absurd offer for JaMychal Green on a three year deal makes a lot of sense.
â?? Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 18, 2017
If this does happen, and if Green gets an enormous offer that the Grizzlies just can’t afford to match, the …
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