Memphis could be soon eligible to add a 16th player, allowed when at least four players miss three straight games and will continue to miss time. Brandan Wright, Chandler Parsons and James Ennis have already missed more than three straight games. Saturday, the Grizzlies will play their third without Conley.
A potential free agent addition? Norris Cole.
Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders:
Cole signed in China. It’s unclear whether he has an NBA out.
The Pelicans relied on Cole extensively the last couple years – to their detriment. But the situation in Memphis is so dire – the Grizzlies are getting outscored by 13.8 points per 100 possessions without Conley – Cole might be the answer.
The key is timing. Once once of the their four injured players returns, the Grizzlies would have to drop back to 15 players. So, Cole might not be the solution for the entirety of Conley’s absence (which might limit Cole’s willingness to return stateside).
But Cole could give Memphis a chance to stabilize after Conley’s crushing injury.