There are going to be some pretty important decisions to be made this summer, with the Grizzlies having four restricted free agents (O.J. Mayo, Marreese Speights, Darrell Arthur and Lester Hudson) to go along with two unrestricted free agents (Gilbert Arenas and Hamed Haddadi). As always the game here is simple: name your price.
The Grizzlies are likely to let Mayo walk because, well, he's probably played his way out of our price range, even though he struggled mightily in the playoffs against the Clippers. It's possible that we can work a sign-and-trade deal with a team over the cap, but we likely won't see Mayo in a Grizzlies jersey over the next 4-5 years.
Hudson, again, will get a look, but at what price. He's a somewhat valuable piece, capable of scoring off the bench, but he's not an important piece, to put it in the most polite way possible.
The big decision will come at power forward where the Grizzlies must decide whether or not it's worth bringing back Speights, Arthur or neither of the two.
Prior to his season-ending injury last summer, having torn his ACL, Arthur would have been a no-brainer. He was really coming into his own, developing off the bench behind Zach Randolph and really showing skill on both ends of the floor. He's probably not as skilled of an offensive player as Speights, but he's certainly better on the defensive side of the ball, plus his ceiling is much higher -- meaning, while he doesn't have the o-touch that Speights has, he can develop into a near-effective scorer with a little work and a whole lot of patience.
Speights, though, does bring that offensive spark off the bench in the low-post, and is a slight better rebounder than Arthur. Again, neither skill-set laps that of Arthur's, but then again... the ACL injury question looms. Would you want to offer anything other than the qualifying offer to Arthur? Would he even accept it? Does the injury scare you? I mean, Al Jefferson came back from an ACL injury pretty all right, as did both Baron Davis and Kyle Lowry who tore their respective ACLs in college.
Then we have to ask, does Speights get thrown money from elsewhere, and if so, what's the limit? Plenty of factors at play. Do we sign Speights? Do we extend to Arthur? Do we simply look elsewhere?
What do you guys think?