Take two: Grizzlies are back in the mix to acquire unrestricted free agent Josh McRoberts. If you recall, this is the second time in less than a year that the Grizzlies have been close to snagging McRoberts. Last year at the trade deadline, the Grizzlies and the Pacers failed to pull of a O.J. Mayo-McRoberts swap when the proper paperwork wasn't sent to the league office in time. Oh, those were the days!
However, according to Ronald Tillery, the Grizzlies are once again close to acquiring McRoberts via free agency. The whole thing makes a lot of sense, especially if the price is right and considering that we don't have to give up anything in return.
The 6-10 power forward/center, whom the Griz attempted to acquire in a trade with the Indiana Pacers last season, is an unrestricted free agent. Griz general manager Chris Wallace contacted McRoberts' agent, Mike Conley Sr., last week when the NBA allowed team executives to talk with player agents.
There is mutual interest, according to league sources, although no deals can be agreed upon until the collective bargaining agreement is finalized. The league's agreement with the union is expected to be completed by Friday when training camps are scheduled to open.
Yup, his agent is Mike Conley, Sr., the father of our very own point guard. I think it's safe to say that he and the Grizzlies have a nice relationship.
To be honest, I really like McRoberts and his size off the bench. He should be able to provide another presence inside when Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol need some time on the pine. Last season McRoberts averaged 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in just 22 minutes per game. He also provided a nice defensive presence, using his body and athleticism to get to loose balls, as well as help on the baseline. His upside is limited to that of a sufficient big, but at this point what more are we looking for?
Again, at this point we're looking for guys to fill roles, not impact starters. We're looking for a presence in the paint, along with a wing who can spread the court. In McRoberts, we get that presence, and it probably won't cost us as much as it would to pay Chuck Hayes to come off the bench for us. This move may not be flashy, but I think it makes a lot of sense.
What do you guys think of McRoberts?