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The Memphis Grizzlies might have to trade one of their prized possessions to compensate for some flubs.

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A combination of expiring contracts and excellent performances have put the Grizzlies on the spot - it looks like someone else will need to go before the trade deadline.

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Earlier today, Matt Hrdlicka showed us some fun ways to solve their 7 year-long agonizing catastrophe-of-completely-failing-to-find-a-good backup point guard issue. While we wait for a potential trade by the Grizzlies to upgrade the PG spot, we look at the rest of the roster and it appears as though Memphis is playing musical chairs - someone is going to end up as the odd man out with no seat to sit in.

  • How many minutes does Courtney Lee play when Tony Allen comes back?
  • Does Lee start?
  • How do you find minutes for Koufos and Ed Davis as Gasol gets healthier?
  • Can we keep James Johnson in lineups that allow him to thrive?
  • What do we do with Jon Leuer now besides watch him high five his teammates as they come off the court?
  • How awesome can Gasol be with JJ and Davis on the floor?
  • Can Joerger use the entire roster in rotation or play-by-matchup? The ping pong style substitutions didn't work out very well to start the season, but maybe Joerger has a better idea of how to play puppet master after nearly three months on the job.

There's a lot of questions to ask right now, and not a lot of them have definitive answers at the moment.

But that's great, right?

The Memphis Grizzlies have compiled enough talent on their roster to have conjured the dilemma of figuring out how to get them all on the court in the right proportions.

It's mostly great until you look at the salary numbers and realize one of these great players is likely to get shipped out this season so that the franchise can finally start getting something back for the talent it's hosted, but more so to relieve the roster logjam and salary-cap-tightrope walk they've scheduled for themselves next season. Kevin Yeung articled that situation for the Grizzlies after they traded Jerryd Bayless for Courtney Lee. After you look at the numbers the list of questions changes to something like:

  • Can the Griz free up enough cap space to re-sign Ed Davis and/or James Johnson?
  • Is ZBo's name going to start surfacing in trade rumors again soon?
  • Isn't that a lot of money tighted up in the guard position considering you only have 1 that can run an offense?
  • Oh geez, will Marc probably need an extension soon?

The Robert Pera Front Office has done a pretty thorough job of purging the roster of the pieces it deems inefficient and ill fitting. Out with Speights, Ellington, Selby, Gay, Haddadi, Arthur, Wroten, Bayless (all Chris Wallace folk, I believe) and in with Leuer, Davis, Prince (swing & miss), Johnson, Koufos, Calathes (oh boy..) and Lee.

The players they've brought in are generally more athletic (with an emphasis on length) and, by their own PER standards, more efficient. The average PER of the players they've shipped out is 12.28 compared to the 14.79 of their imports (and if you took off Prince & Calathes the # inflates to 17.82).

Unfortunately it appears as though one of those efficient jewels will have to be sacrificed to remove one of the glaring flaws in the crown of the Memphis Grizzlies FO.

The Grindmaster for last edition (at Bucks) was split between James Johnson, Ed Davis and Mike Conley.

  1. Game Score and Winner (correct predictions receive 3 points, if no correct predictions, 1 point awarded to member(s) with closest differential)
  2. The Grindmaster (3 points awarded to correct predictions; if Grindmaster title is split between 2 or more players, 2 points go to each member who predicted one of those players)
  3. Minutes played by Marc Gasol (3 points awarded to correct predictions; 1 point awarded to the member(s) closest without going over)
  4. True or False: The average of Rudy Gay and James Johnson's FG% will be 40% or higher (3 points awarded to correct predictions; 0 point awarded to incorrect predictions)

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