So a rookie is being demoted and another released to create PT for a veteran who was out of the league.
I wonder if those who were critical of Joerger for the Grizzlies FO releasing Ennis for a veteran center last year will be critical of Fizdale releasing Williams for Douglas this year? Or will they criticize Wallace for both deals?
More likely they'll continue to make excuses for Fizdale/Wallace and defend the team not developing youth in a season where the team is in 7th place in the conference when basically healthy. They'll continue to defend Fizdale starting Parsons over Ennis, releasing Troy Williams for Toney Douglas, demoting Harrison and Martin so Brandan Wright and Toney Douglas can get minutes and still proclaim Fizdale is trying to develop youth.
The truth is that Fizdale is playing only veterans of at least 3 NBA seasons now. He's playing 40 year old Vince Carter and broken down, out of shape Chandler Parsons while releasing a promising rookie in Troy Williams. I'm not critical of this either. I just feel those who criticized Joerger/Wallace last year are being hypocritical now.
The grizzlies are 2.5 games out of 4th seed with a realistic shot at it. And they have not been healthy the whole year, so I am not sure why you'd label it, "basically healthy." They haven't been basically healthy the whole year. Plus, they are 20-10 against the west and they have a winning record against every team but the clippers above them in the standings.
So, your post is pretty much inaccurate all the way around, other than the fact that they currently sit 7th in the west.