NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman is grading every team’s offseason based on where the team stands now relative to its position entering the offseason. A ‘C’ means a team is in similar standing, with notches up or down from there.
All it took was some acceptance, savviness and luck.
Luck played a huge factor part in the Grizzlies’ quick transition. They jumped from the No. 8 seed in the lottery to the No. 2 pick – one of the biggest-ever lottery leaps. (Remember, that counts positively here.) That allowed Memphis to nab Morant just before the draft fell off.
Taking Andre Iguodala‘s salary when the Warriors wanted to unload it yielded yet another future first-rounder. The Grizzlies might get even more positive assets by flipping Iguodala, who’s away from the team while Memphis explores a trade.
These are the moves, big and small, of a well-run rebuilding team. The Grizzlies are stockpiling assets.
Trading Chandler Parsons‘ expiring contract for Solomon Hill‘s and Miles Plumlee‘s expiring contracts gives Memphis even more ways to construct trades. Don’t be surprised if the Grizzlies get additional picks for taking bad contracts before the trade deadline.
Many questions remain in Memphis: Will Jonas Valanciunas really be worth his big new contract (three years, $45 million)? Is 24-year-old rookie Marko Guduric (two years, $5,375,000) worth the flier? Does Taylor Jenkins have what it takes to be a head coach?
But these are only minor on a rebuilding team. The Grizzlies are doing well in the big picture.
That’s why they’re not done. Iguodala doesn’t fit this team and should be dealt for value. Ditto Crowder.
Putting Zach Kleiman in charge of basketball operations raises eyebrows. Lottery luck certainly made it easier to view him in a favorable light, but so far, the new regime is off to an encouraging start.
Offseason grade: B+