We have been debating the future of the Memphis Grizzlies forever. Their anachronistic style combined with the seeming instability of the team’s core begged the question: When do you scrap the roster and start over?
With Memphis now eliminated after a hard-fought six-gamer against the San Antonio Spurs, those questions will rise again.
Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, two members of the Grizzlies core whose roles have become somewhat diminished, will be free agents in July. So will Vince Carter. JaMychal Green will be a restricted free agent.
That depends. Fit matters. Health matters. Every major free agency decision is a dice roll, whether you’re signing an incumbent or bringing someone in. The record-breaking contracts for DeMar DeRozan and Mike Conley worked out last summer. The Rockets spent a combined $133 million on Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, both questioned for their durability, and it worked out. The $94 million contract for Chandler Parsons didn’t work out. The $72 million contract for Joakim Noah really didn’t work out.
The future is a mystery. But the odds are strong that Griffin plays really Cheap Throwback Basketball Jerseys well when healthy, and that he plays (based on his history) about 80 percent of his team’s games. That would make most teams happy.
Things are going well for Morey and the Rockets right now. They dispatched likely NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and the Thunder in five games and get to rest while the San Antonio Spurs try to close out the pesky Memphis Grizzlies.
The Rockets wouldn’t be favorites against the Spurs: San Antonio would have home-court advantage and went 3-1 against Houston during the regular season. But Houston would have a real shot at winning the series and advancing to the Western Conference Finals for another potential bite at the Golden State Warriors. (If Memphis knocks off San Antonio, which remains a possibility, Houston would enter that series as favorites with home court.)