Welcome back to another edition of Flip This Franchise!
This week we will be discussing what happened to the Grizzlies at the end of the regular season, the NBA playoffs, along with what to expect/predict for the 2019-20 offseason.
Before I speak about the team’s record, I just wanna say how surprised I was of just how well the team managed to perform with the minimal depth it had. I thought that losing PG Delon Wright before the trade deadline would really weaken the team’s chances of making the playoffs and even contending to begin with. Overall, the team finished with a semi-respectable record of 37-45, just missing out on the 8th seed to the Utah Jazz who came in at a record of 39-43.
In terms of the playoffs itself, I was rather surprised with the overall outcome of the season. The Western Conference included: Warriors, Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves, Trail-Blazers, Nuggets, Spurs, and Jazz, with the Rockets finally overtaking the Warriors to reach the Finals in seven games. The Eastern Conference included: 76ers, Celtics, Bucks, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards, Pistons, and Nets, with Philadelphia and The Process taking the series from the Celtics with ease in just five games. The NBA Finals became the battle of Houston and Philadelphia with James Harden leading the way to a hard fought seven game series win, taking home the Finals MVP award as well. At the rate Harden is playing in the NBA in real life, it will be interesting to see if he can find a way to pull it off this year.
In terms of the offseason itself, expect an extremely busy one for the Memphis Grizzlies. The first task to tackle is going to be to figure out if it is worth trading the current pick we have (#16) as a result of the Delon Wright trade, or keeping it. At this point, I am leaning towards trading it and trying to receive a higher draft pick in return, the only question would be, what else would the team have to give up? The next area to figure out will be to figure out who we should also target in free agency. With players like Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and others available, and with the cap space to sign two max contracts, I will be looking to pull in two major splashes to hopefully speed up the championship run. After the max deals, I will also be looking to bring additional players in on one-two year deals as committing long-term to multiple players can be risky in GM mode and IRL. Regardless, expect the Grizzlies to do whatever it takes to surround the best talent around the future of Memphis, Jaren Jackson Jr.
Stay tuned for the next blog where we will see what the Grizzlies do prior to draft night 2019.
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