How 4 Memphis Grizzlies Can Boost Free-Agent Stock During the NBA Playoffs

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How 4 Memphis Grizzlies Can Boost Free-Agent Stock During the NBA Playoffs
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The Memphis Grizzlies are heading into the playoffs with a full head of steam. The Grizzlies have won 10 of their last 13. Each of their four free agents-to-be (O.J. Mayo, Gilbert Arenas, Marreese Speights and Hamed Haddadi) have pitched in to get the strong finish.

Mayo has been a fine scorer as always. He's scored 20 points three times in the last 13 games.

Arenas has been a good help since the Grizzlies signed him a few weeks ago. He isn't turning the ball over too much (2.1 turnovers per 36 minutes) and he's shooting 37.1 percent from three-point range.

Speights has had some good performances recently. He's had six games with seven or more rebounds and five games with double-digit scoring.

Haddadi has taken advantage of his relative boost in playing time to showcase his abilities. He had four blocks in 16 minutes before fouling out against the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday. On Monday, Haddadi dropped eight points and blocked two shots in 12 minutes against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

(Note: The Grizzlies also have another player who becomes a free agent after this season in Darrell Arthur, but he missed the entire season due to an Achilles injury suffered in practice before the season.)

The four active players mentioned above who become free agents after the season will have to work hard in the playoffs to show that they deserve significant contracts. Following is a breakdown of what each one needs to do during the playoffs to boost his stock in the free agency.

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