Following the report that Mike Conley could miss six weeks of action with transverse process fractures, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that the Grizzlies would be bringing in several veterans for a tryout. The list included free agents Kendall Marshall, Toney Douglas, and Will Bynum.
Marshall spent last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, where he played in 30 games and posted per 36 averages of 10.0 points, 6.6 assists with 3.9 turnovers.
Douglas, a seven-year veteran out of Florida State, appeared in 61 games for the Pelicans last season, including 18 starts. In that time, he averaged 15.1 points, 4.5 assists, and 1.8 turnovers per 36 minutes.
Will Bynum has bounced around quite a bit throughout his career. He spent last season out of the league after being waived by the Atlanta Hawks in October prior to the season starting. Before that, Bynum spent the end of 2014-15 with the Washington Wizards where he played just under 10 minutes per game, averaging 11.8 points, 9.7 assists, and 4.3 turnovers per 36.
There’s also been mention of Norris Cole being an option. Cole, who is currently playing in China, played 2011-2015 under Fizdale during his time in Miami before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he posted a per 36 line of 14.3 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.3 turnovers while averaging 26.6 minutes of playing time.
Conspicuously absent from the list of candidates is former Grizzly Mario Chalmers, who, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN, is still not quite fully recovered from the ruptured Achilles that he suffered last season while playing in Memphis.
Mario Chalmers, who ruptured his Achilles' tendon while playing for the Grizzlies last season, will not be among... https://t.co/qeQ3yzI9JU— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 29, 2016
As MacMahon mentions, it’s also possible that the Grizzlies would be able to use the hardship waiver to receive an extra roster spot with so many players (Conley, Parsons, Ennis, Wright) expected to miss major time with injuries. The only catch to that though is that depending on the type of waiver all four must be expected to miss two or more weeks by an independent physician to earn it. Ennis and Parsons will hopefully be back before then.
The Grizzlies may also look to make a trade for a veteran, though things get tricky in that circumstance. The team would likely have to create a package to make salaries work for any player that would improve the team, but, at the moment, most teams are operating with a full roster and wouldn’t be able to accept more than a one-for-one swap.
What would you like to see done, Grizzly fans? Reply in the comments letting us know what you think the team should do. Should they go after a veteran free agent, try to make a trade, or just throw Baldwin and Harrison into the fire and pray that they’re able to stay afloat?