Before the Jerryd Bayless/Courtney Lee trade on January 5th you would see the Memphis Grizzlies' name speckled about the NBA Trade Rumor Mill just about every other day. Whether it was a combination of players or a sole piece like Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies looked like a team ready to shake up the roster due to their persistent struggles during the first 1/3 of the season.
Just take a look at the official SB Nation NBA Trade Rumors Page. The last time you'll see the Grizzlies mentioned is from Hrdlicka's backup PG trade machine on January 17th. Coincidentally enough, ever since that post by Matt on the 17th Nick Calathes has averaged 5.4 points, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.8 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game while shooting 46% from the field and 50% from three. Nick's PER is now climbing up over the 7.00 mark and he looks like a confident player who knows how to operate the Grizzlies offense for the most part.
That's definitely subject to change. I'm not ready to anoint Calathes as the savior of Griz' backup PG's just yet, but there are definitely plenty of reasons to be encouraged right now. The Grizzlies have just 10 games left before the NBA trade deadline, and if Calathes can sustain his current level of play he might keep the Grizzlies' eyes from wandering off to other options.
Outside of Calathes there isn't much left at which to pick. The way Jason Levien has been sounding lately makes you believe that Zach Randolph isn't going anywhere this season, and his consistent performances are backing that up. When you look at the entirety of the roster you won't find a lot of undesirables. Outside of Mike Miller, Prince, Calathes and Franklin, the lowest PER from a Griz player is Kosta Koufos at 16.2 (which is still awesome). Miller won't be going anywhere and I feel as though losing a young asset to ship out Tayshaun Prince is unnecessary at this point.
I still get really frustrated with Prince's play at times (I've nicknamed him The Trebuchet in honor of his jump-shot stroke), but he's still showing the ability to make a big play when the game is on the line. If Joerger can juggle the lineup to compensate for some of our elders' shortcomings then I can live with some of the holes I've punched in the walls from watching Prince hurl the ball at the front of the rim and Miller having a couple of sub-30% shooting nights here and there.
With the Grizzlies' recent Awakening, I can't see much justification to mess with the formula that has been stewing and developing over the past 3 months. I say barring an injury, meltdown or ridiculously lopsided offer, this will be the roster the Memphis Grizzlies hang on the wall for 2013-14. (Although you never can rule out this franchise bringing a 30+ year old PG out of retirement in the month of April.)
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