The Memphis Grizzlies checked off the top objective on their offseason list by extending Zach Randolph. Thursday's draft gave a bit of clarity to the Grizzlies' free-agency road map but hardly diminished the need for more scoring.
Jordan Adams can create space and make plays, but his lackluster speed and ball-handling may hurt him.
Ultimately, the Grizzlies will be looking for rotation players who may not fit starting roles to boost scoring. Unless they trade Courtney Lee, the 2-spot appears shut. If Tayshaun Prince remains, they'll be in the position to keep him in the lineup, since it's difficult to bury someone earning $7.7 million on the bench.
Further, GM Chris Wallace should have his eye on players who can hit threes. While the men on Beale Street climbed to 19th in three-point field-goal percentage, they were last in threes attempted.
This list doesn't include Nick Calathes and Kosta Koufos, on whose non-guaranteed contracts the Grizzlies must decide. Koufos, who would earn $3 million next season, seems to be a lock to return. He was effective on the boards and on defense, pulling down 11.2 rebounds per 36 minutes and allowing 101 points per 100 possessions.
Calathes is less certain. He received a 20-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. As SB Nation's Tom Ziller tweeted, Calathes would miss the first 13 games of the season.
Calathes has received an offer from Panathinaikos and plans to accept if Memphis doesn't move on his contract, per Sportando.
If they guarantee both, the small-market franchise would have close to $71 million on the books, which would be $6 million away from the projected $77 million luxury-tax threshold. That wouldn't be bad, since they'd have 13 players on the roster.
Noticeably absent from this list are Ed Davis, Beno Udrih and James Johnson.
Davis, whose chances as a man in the wings behind Randolph I previously discussed, may not be a consideration. He averaged 13.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per 36 minutes while playing 15.2 minutes per game last season, failing to raise his game and sometimes falling out of the rotation. The fourth-year power forward logged 25 minutes in the playoffs.
Questions remain about whether the Grizzlies will extend the $4.3 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent.
According to The Commercial Appeal (subscription required), the Grizzlies are unlikely to re-sign Johnson or Udrih. Johnson was arrested on domestic assault charges in early June. He averaged 7.4 points per game on 46.4 percent shooting from the field, but his offense is one-dimensional, revolving around his action at the rim.
Udrih played 10 regular-season games for the Grizzlies before playing a key role in sustaining their fight against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged 7.9 points per game and made four of 12 three-point attempts.
Unfortunately for the soon-to-be 32-year-old, Memphis has five guards on the roster. If Calathes' contract isn't guaranteed, Udrih might become a nice possibility as a backup point man.
Here are a few players the Grizzlies should pursue this offseason.
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