The Memphis Grizzlies grit-n-grinded through the 2013-2014 season and almost used that grit ‘n grind in which they play every night with to a Game 7 win on the road in Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies played this game without suspended PF Zach Randolph, an injured Mike Conley and a bruised Tony Allen. In, true Grizzlies fashion, as they have the entire season, fought tooth and nail with the Thunder, but ultimately didn’t have enough ammunition in their cannon to take down the Thunder in their house.
Just as last season’s offseason was crucial to the advancement of the Grizzlies’ franchise, this is one is just as important. Going back to last year, choosing not to retain Lionel Hollins, and going with his top assistant Dave Joerger, a move that loomed over the Grizzlies all season long, whether it was fans, media and players. Anytime the Grizzlies slumped, the comparisons between the two coaches cropped back up as a story. Even though, the Grizzlies did not go to Western Conference Finals this season, maybe it can quell the Hollins/Joerger comparisons, because Joerger while learning on the job got the Grizzlies to Game 7 on the home court one of this season’s top championship contenders and had the fear of God in them during the entire series.
On the player front, free agents to be are: SF Mike Miller, SF James Johnson, PG Nick Calathes, PG Beno Udrih, PF Ed Davis and the team holds a $3M Option on C Kosta Koufos. PF Zach Randolph holds a $16.5M player option and could decline it to secure more years of security at a lower price. Also, C Marc Gasol enters the final year of his contract next season and may be looking to secure an extension this offseason. PG Mike Conley has one more year on his deal after the next season and just as C Marc Gasol may look to ask the Grizzlies to extend his contract as well. Before, the Grizzlies address the statuses of free agents Mike Miller and James Johnson; they have a glut on the wings with SG Courtney Lee, SG Tony Allen, SF Tayshaun Prince, and SF Quincy Pondexter. There’s a lot questions for the Grizzlies as it pertains to the 2014-2015 season and beyond, let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride, it’s sure to be exciting.
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