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Free Agency Update: What’s going on with JaMychal Green?

After Z-Bo’s departure, all eyes (and reports) have turned to Memphis’ restricted free agent.

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After the heartbreaking news that Grizzlies legend Zach Randolph agreed to a 2-year, $24 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, all expectations were that Memphis would make every effort to keep restricted free agent JaMychal Green. Adrian Wojnarowski even mentioned it while talking on ESPN earlier in the day.

However, Grizzlies beat writer Ron Tillery of the Commercial Appeal sent out the following two tweets soon after the Randolph signing was announced:

Based on those tweets, it seemed as if Memphis was content to let JaMychal walk, or, at the very least, let the market set the price for him.

Chris Herrington and Peter Edmiston, also of the Commercial Appeal, were quick to note that without JaMychal, the Grizzlies were without many options when it came to adding players, and that the sign-and-trade route isn’t feasible.

It’s possible that the comments from Green’s agent were posturing or an attempt to gain leverage in what’s certain to be a tight negotiation with cap space drying up, particularly once Gordon Hayward makes his decision (for real this time).

Another Woj tweet, sent around 3:30 p.m. CDT, also supports the idea that the Grizzlies are still interested in retaining Green’s services

Based on this, it appears that Memphis is waiting for the market to settle first. With Randolph’s departure, the team has very limited options for replacing those minutes at the power forward position outside of the restricted free agent.

Still, it bears watching what happens from JaMychal, who remains the Grizzlies’ most important free agency domino.