March 13, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Toronto Raptors point guard Jerryd Bayless (5) brings the ball up court against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
Royce Young, over at CBSSports.com's Eye On Basketball, gave an in-depth look at the Memphis Grizzlies' offseason, starting with the team's disappointing finish in the 2012 NBA Playoffs and ending with an overall grade on the improvements they made this summer.
V. Overall grade and accomplishments: B
When evaluating an offseason, you've got to account for the previous work. Because while one can look like it was amazing with a flurry of moves and signings, an offseason's success can often be predetermined.
The Grizzlies mostly had their pieces in place and were saddled with the responsibility of improving on the edges. Strengthen the bench, add some depth in necessary places and find a specialist or two that can fill a need.
For the most part, those goals were checked off. But the mission of every team, especially contending ones, is to put together a roster that has a legitimate shot at winning it all. Did the Grizzlies do that with their offseason? Hard to know, but it doesn't look like it. They added good pieces, made do with the limited resources they had, but is it enough?
For the most part, I agree with Young. I think the Grizzlies had a good, not great offseason. They were able to re-sign their bigs -- Darrell Arthur, Marreese Speights and Hamed Haddadi -- add some guard depth -- Jerryd Bayless, Wayne Ellington and rookie Tony Wroten -- and they saw the development of Josh Selby into, hopefully, a nice shooter off the bench, in the somewhat-ish mold of O.J. Mayo.
The Grizzlies did what they needed to do, to a point, with what "they had." Sure, it would have been nice to have gotten Ray Allen this summer, but you and I both knew he wasn't coming here, especially once the Miami Heat sent him an offer sheet.
Memphis... did what they did. I don't think they necessarily missed out on anyone, since they weren't going to open up the bankbook and really start shelling out lucrative long-term contracts, so they played within their means. And for that, they got the likes of Bayless and Ellington. I'm not complaining, but I do think that contributed to them having a 'B' of an offseason. No bad, not great, just good.