The Memphis Grizzlies’ roster is nearly complete, but certain positions could use veteran depth in free agency.
The Grizzlies selected two first-round picks who are expected to spend most of their time at small forward and power forward. Losing De’Anthony Melton via the David Roddy trade hurts the guard’s overall depth, but picking up Kennedy Chandler at No. 38 overall was a move Memphis felt it couldn’t pass up.
Most of the attention on what the Grizzlies do next starts with Tyus Jones and the backup point guard position. The Grizzlies also have Steven Adams, Brandon Clarke, Xavier Tillman Sr. and Santi Aldama under center. With limited roster space and free-agent negotiations scheduled to begin Thursday at 5 pm, here are other names to watch outside of the backup point guard situation.
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Possible guard targets: Victor Oladipo, Gary Harris, Lance Stephenson, DaVon Reed
The loss of Melton took some depth out of the shooting guard position. Versatile backup ends like John Konchar and Ziaire Williams can play both guards in a pinch, plus Grizzlies draft pick Vince Williams will get a chance to prove himself, but get a guy who has a better game capacity to go along with the substitute point guard will be difficult. critical. Victor Oladipo’s defense shone in Miami while his offensive repertoire was brilliant. Lance Stephenson is a veteran who provided a notable spark when he signed with the Indiana Pacers, and his ability to play three positions fits well with the characteristics of the Grizzlies’ players. Gary Harris can still score and play tenacious defense. Considering he averaged 11.1 points and shot 38% from 3-point range for the Orlando Magic last season, he would be a bargain. An underrated player the Grizzlies might consider is Davon Reed. He gave the Denver Nuggets a boost when he was playing. He is 6ft 5in tall with a bulky body, long arms and great shooting ability. He had a notable sequence in January in which LeBron James tried to attack him in isolation several times, but lost the ball.
Possible future goals: TJ Warren, Nic Batum, Otto Porter Jr.
The Grizzlies are loaded up front after drafting two players in the first round who could help here. Memphis may still need to add one more veteran to round out the group. Nicolas Batum and Otto Porter Jr. make sense as veterans who have been in winning environments and can shoot basketball. Shooting is a priority for the Grizzlies this summer. Shooting may not be TJ Warren’s main strength, but he is a certified scorer. He has played four games in the last two seasons. He remembers, the last time he was healthy, he was one of the best players in the NBA bubble.
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Potential Center Targets: None
The Grizzlies have four centers on the current NBA roster, and that’s more than enough. Jaren Jackson Jr. will also get minutes at center and Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins even hinted that first-round pick David Roddy could get small minutes at five. Tillman and Aldama will play in the Summer League, so Memphis is giving them every opportunity to earn a bigger role. While big athletic centers like JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard make sense, those veterans may want more consistent roles that they’re likely to get elsewhere.