Ole Dirty Klondike

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    Where Should Conley Be Traded?

    With Conley's The Athletic interview and the fact that he supposedly was going to get traded before the deadline, I think it's a pretty good assumption that he will be traded this summer. my question is...where? Are there any really good situations for us to trade Conley? At first glance, teh following destinations come to mind: Boston- This is an interesting one because i think this is Kyrie Irving's last year with Boston. He has a player option for next year. I could see him bouncing and going somewhere else next year. They would need a PG. Would a Conley for Hayward trade interest anyone? Hayward fits the getting injured player model that the Grizz love and would give us a starting SF. Clearly this year was Hayward getting back to form but it was hard for him to fit in with Irving and Tatum and Brown. I think he'll be in the upper teens/low 20's in ppg next year. Is it worth it? Phoenix- Rumors out of PHX wanted them to get involved with Conley.They have a ton of young players and another lottery pick. would they trade TJ Warren and cap space to us for Conley and just absorb his contract? Indiana- Would they just absorb Conley's contract and send us some draft picks back Those are the teams that come to mind for me. Maybe, San Antonio would be a good fit but not sure if they have the assets to trade. Any thoughts on where he could end up?
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    Im with KBM Reddish will be a star and we need him badly...

    Pretty sure any interest in Cam Reddish from anyone on this board is along the lines of if we get a later lottery pick from 7-10 somehow. Wouldn't be surprised if Hunter and/or Culver are gone by then.
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    NBA Combine Prospect Interviews

    I saw Ja morant's so I thought I would post interviews from some at the top of the draft: Zion Williamson Ja Morant RJ Barrett
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    Where Should Conley Be Traded?

    I don't think many teams divulge who they will draft. Tons of speculation but not sure many teams just come out and say they will draft such and such player so I wouldn't expect the Grizz to do it either.
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    Where Should Conley Be Traded?

    Uhhh, I didn't see a direct quote from Griffin about Williamson. I saw him talking about Davis. The rest seemed to be speculation from the writer that they will draft Williamson. FWIW, they have also interviewed Ja as well. I find it funny that so many people in New Orleans think they can get the #2 pick as well. They seem mighty confident that they will trade Davis and Memphis will help them to trade Davis by giving up their #2 pick and taking on a lesser pick and some trash contracts. Why in the world would Memphis do that? I've seen blog posts, Twitter posts and at the end of that story, they mention it as well. Why would any team do that? Just sounds delusional. Which makes me think Memphis will do just that and take on bad contracts and draft Bol Bol at #12.
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    Where Should Conley Be Traded?

    Who from the Pelicans definitely said "We're taking Zion Williamson"? Maybe I just haven't seen it.
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    Where Should Conley Be Traded?

    Has New Orleans gone on record and have definitively said they are taking Zion? How often do teams announce a month before the draft who they will draft? i think it's a safe assumption to assume we are taking Ja but it's no guarantee. He could go in and just screw up in workouts or something could come up. I think it's much ado about nothing. There are supposedly 3 players who set themselves apart from everyone else and we have the second pick so we should be fine...but I wouldn't rule out us drafting Bol Bol. I mean, we gave up 2 second round draft picks for a player we probably have no intention of bringing back.
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    OT: Faragi Phillips

    Have no clue on any of your questions but seems like Stackhouse did it to get that Matthew Murrell kid.
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    Put on your GM hat and pick the next Grizzlies HC

    I have no problem with this coaching search. I haven't heard anyone say a coach turned us down. It's more like just talks, nothing official and I don't think they have offered anyone. They probably ha e a good idea of who they want to hire. There's really no rush.
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    Roster Moves

    LA is far enough under the cap to absorb Conley's salary outright but that wouldnt benefit us and it would limit their options in FA. Think about it this way, LA basically structured their team salaries to allow them to sign 2 Max FA this off-season. If they trade for Conley, they essentially use Conley's salary as one of those Max contracts and would only be able to sign 1 big time FA
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    Put on your GM hat and pick the next Grizzlies HC

    I'm starting to think they are waiting until after the draft because they may be anticipating trading Conley on draft night. Either that or as mentioned above, the coach they want ( an assistant from the last 4 remaining teams) is still coaching in the playoffs.
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    Where Should Conley Be Traded?

    I think the Orlando deal makes the most sense. You could waive Mozgov. IDC about his 1 year contract. Waive him, keep him, doesn't matter. Founier would give us an instant starting swingman to use as a 3 and D guy. Although his shooting and points were down last year, he stayed healthy, which is a good thing. Fournier and a first round pick is close enough to keep me happy. Don't care about Mozgovs contract. I would probably try to get them to add a second rounder or two to compensate is for taking Mozgovs horrendous contract especially since Wallace traded our second round picks for Holiday (just stupid). Bamba will probably be a Nerlens Noel type. So glad we didn't draft him but I'd take him as a backup C in a deal like this.
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    Where Should Conley Be Traded?

    Chris Herring list of potential trades with all 29 teams. He lists the Boston-Hayward trade as a likely scenario if we deal with a contender. He also mentions a deal with Orlando as being one of the "cleanest potential deals" out there. Good read and a lot of stuff we have mentioned as well.
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    Put on your GM hat and pick the next Grizzlies HC

    No they didn't. The article states within the last 25 years. That was more than 25 years ago. I really don't see any reason to bring in a college coach in the hopes that it will help with their development. Typically, when I see teams putting development efforts towards lottery picks, it's usually some assistant's job to do that. Otherwise, this is a man's game. You either sink or swim. You have to figure it out. You have to figure out how to be motivated. How to play your role to contribute. How to navigate the politics. That's on the player and his team. This league is not all about talent. Probably the only franchise that heavily invests in developing non-lottery talent is the Spurs but I still think that's on the assistants. So if we want to focus on their development, put that on an assistant. The reason I keep mentioning that it's different is because if you brought in a college coach to help develop those two because he somehow can psychologically figure them out better than a regular NBA coach (which I don't believe) then you are basically ignoring a lot of other parts of an NBA coaches job. I think overall most college coaches are teachers whereas most NBA coaches are managers of talent. I just don't see that approach as being effective or adding any value. Most staffs have guys dedicated to player development anyway. I think the Spurs go above and beyond but I see no reason to bring in a head coach because he knows how young players think. In 3 years, those players will be vets, do you still need that coach? I think most NBA coaches are tasked with managing the talent that the front office gives them and win as many games as possible with that talent, not really focusing on developing young guys. Look at Brett Brown. He wasn't a college coach but he was on the Spurs staff focused on developing players. He did a great job and got the job with the Sixers because they had a lot of young talent. He turned them around and got the best out of them and now they are looking at him as he's not a coach that can get them over the top and they considered releasing him. I think if we focused on getting a college coach for the reasons that you state that he would be in a similar situation (if he was successful at developing them) and would probably be released. Just get someone who is familiar with the NBA, hire a development person and go from there.
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    Im with KBM Reddish will be a star and we need him badly...

    ESPN Scouting Report: Cam Reddish The son of former VCU player Bobby Reddish, Cam was identified as an elite prospect very early, earning his first invitation to a USA Basketball camp at age 14. He was invited to seven USA Basketball camps over his high school career. He was widely considered a top-three prospect in his high school class after growing to 6-foot-9 while still playing quite a bit of point guard. -- Givony Strengths Elite physical profile. Looks like an NBA All-Star on first glance. Has the dimensions of a power forward but has played all of the perimeter positions throughout his career, giving him unique lineup versatility in the modern game. Smooth, fluid athlete with a frame that will continue to fill out impressively in time. Dynamic shooter who makes jumpers pulling up off the dribble, with his feet set and running off screens. Strong mechanics, footwork and rotation. Ranked fourth among projected draft picks in terms of quantity of 3-pointers made per minute. Tantalizing prospect in terms of pure talent and long-term upside. Shows incredible flashes as a ball handler, passer and defender. Improvement areas Teases his actual productivity. Wasn't an impactful or efficient player at the college level. Ranked last among projected draft picks in PER (13.8). Shot just 39 percent from 2-point range, a historically poor rate. Disappeared in many key games for Duke. Mysteriously sat out an NCAA tournament game. Lacks a degree of explosiveness athletically in terms of his ability to get by defenders and finish with verticality around the rim. Not a physical player on either end of the floor. Effort level, focus and confidence fluctuate. Stroke looks good mechanically, but has been extremely inconsistent throughout his career. Hit only 33 percent of his 3s at Duke. Career 32 percent 3-point shooter in 510 attempts overall, according to our scouting database. Projected role: Largely a mystery
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    NBA Combine Prospect Interviews

    ESPN Scouting Report: RJ Barrett The son of longtime professional basketball player Rowan Barrett, RJ was identified as the next great thing in Canadian basketball prior to even enrolling in high school. He made his debut with the national team at age 14, leading his team to a silver medal at the Under-16 FIBA Americas Championship. He rose up the ranks and proved himself as the best player in his class in every setting after that. Perhaps what he became most known for was his MVP performance at the FIBA U19 World Championships, where at age 17 he helped take down Team USA with a 38-point, 13-rebound, five-assist performance to win Canada's first gold at the international level. He also led the Nike EYBL in scoring at the age of 16, won MVP of the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp and helped Montverde win the Geico national championship. He elected to reclassify and enter college a year early, as he had nothing left to prove at the high school level, enrolling at Duke as the consensus No. 1 prospect in his recruiting class. -- Givony Strengths Has prototypical size, length and frame for an NBA wing at 6-foot-7 with a 6-10 wingspan at 208 pounds. Unique athlete in terms of coordination, fluidity, body control and quickness. Plays at different speeds. Has evolved over his career into a ballhandling guard who is comfortable as a primary creator and facilitator. At his best in the open court, but is also a very capable option in pick-and-roll and isolation situations. Uses his size and high basketball IQ to see over the top of defenses and deliver pinpoint passes. He's also a solid shooter off the dribble. Incisive driver who uses his strong frame to get into the paint, initiate contact, finish from awkward angles and get to the free throw line at a prolific rate. Has an alpha-dog mentality and wants to win at all costs. Plays with a laser focus and is not afraid of big moments. Competitor who plays with toughness and physicality. Won't turn 19 until the week of the draft. Improvement areas Improved shooter, but still made only 31 percent of his 3s this season and 67 percent of his free throw attempts. Doesn't have the most natural shooting stroke -- jumper looks rigid and flat at times, leading to bad misses. Not a very efficient overall scorer. Very left-hand dominant. Killer mentality, aggressiveness get the best of him at times. Shot-selection and decision-making were questionable at times as a freshman, especially in late-game situations. Lack of shooting around him at Duke made it easier for opposing defenses to accentuate his weaknesses. Shows great potential at times defensively, but isn't consistent enough in this area. Projected role: Primary creator and go-to scorer
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    NBA Combine Prospect Interviews

    ESPN Scouting Report: Ja Morant The most exciting player in the draft not named Zion Williamson, Morant won over NBA front offices this season by leading Murray State to the NCAA tournament with rim-rattling dunks, pinpoint passes, deep 3s and key buckets when it mattered most. After an impressive freshman season and strong showing at the Chris Paul camp in the summer, Morant entered the season with lottery buzz, but it wasn't until he torched Alabama that scouts began to view him as a top-five-caliber prospect. Morant took college basketball by storm, becoming a household name with his charismatic personality and electric game. Though his natural feel and athletic gifts are what you first notice, Morant's journey from unheralded high school recruit to top-three pick is a big part of his intrigue. Morant looks the part of a star in the making and a franchise-changing point guard. -- Schmitz Strengths Dynamic athlete who excels in the open court. Transition speed demon who can shift gears on a dime and put pressure on the rim. Explosive two-foot leaper with the ability to put defenders on a poster with ease. Shifty nature allows him to get into the teeth of the defense with or without a ball screen, using electric change-of-pace moves to get to his patented left hand. Although thin, has positional size and doesn't shy away from contact. Excellent passing instincts with a slick handle. Unselfish hitting ahead in transition (99 of his 323 assists came in the open court). Soft touch on lobs. Loves to deliver the ball off a live dribble with his left hand. Can hit the roller over the top or shooters in the weakside corner. High basketball IQ. Led the nation in assists. Greatly improved perimeter shooter. After making only nine pull-up jumpers as a freshman, knocked down 35 as a sophomore, several of which came from beyond NBA range. Has added more ways to get to his pull-up, unlocking his half-court scoring when coupled with his dynamic driving and passing. Shines when the lights are brightest. Praised for his work ethic and intangibles. Improvement areas Undisciplined defender who didn't show much fight or consistency. Part of that is due to his offensive load, as he was tremendous defensively at the CP3 camp, but he still has bad habits to squash. Stands around off the ball. Gambles for steals. Can he be more than a one-position defender at 170 pounds? Risk-reward passer who opts for flash over substance at times. Found so much of his success in transition at Murray State. Still learning the nuances of making every pick-and-roll read against a set defense. Led the nation in turnovers. Too casual when the ball isn't in his hands. Needs to stay locked in and remain a threat when off the ball. How efficient will he be as a scorer early in his career? There are still questions about his pull-up jumper (low release set shot) as well as his ability to finish through contact given his frame and the fact that he doesn't have a consistent floater at this stage. Left-hand dominant as a driver. Projected role: Franchise point guard
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    NBA Combine Prospect Interviews

    ESPN Scouting Report: Zion WIlliamson Williamson burst onto the national radar early in his high school career thanks to his freakish athleticism and propensity for pulling off supernatural feats that were well-documented on social media. A knee injury slowed him as a high school junior and caused him to gain weight, leading to an uneven senior year that had some wondering if he was more of an internet sensation than a great basketball player. Williamson did a great job of getting into the best shape of his life upon enrolling at Duke, and he went on to have one of the most memorable freshman campaigns in the one-and-done era. He shattered records, gained a huge worldwide following and solidified himself as the lock No. 1 pick and arguably the most hyped incoming NBA rookie since LeBron James. -- Givony Strengths A physical specimen unlike any we've seen in recent memory at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds. Will be one of the most explosive athletes in the NBA right away, but is also blessed with incredible fluidity, coordination, body control and power. Does unprecedented things seemingly every game that inspire sheer astonishment. Extremely skilled and instinctive. Will be very difficult for opposing defenders to slow down due to his ability to create offense with the ball in his hands. Absolutely lethal in transition, but also a very dangerous option in the half court. Excellent ball handler who changes speeds effortlessly and gets incredibly low to the ground with his array of moves. Uses polished footwork and generates amazing force en route to finishing around the rim and drawing fouls. Also a strong passer thanks to his extremely high basketball IQ. Can also score in the post, blowing past traditional big men and overpowering smaller players with his huge frame. Much improved shooter as well. Appears to have ideal NBA superstar personality. Outstanding teammate and competitor. Unselfish. Loves to do the little things needed to help win games. Deflects all of the attention he receives back toward the team. Brings frenetic energy defensively when locked in, showing the ability to guard positions 1-5. Won't turn 19 until July. Improvement areas Difficult to project given his unique game. Some NBA scouts struggle with the fact that they can't find anyone to compare him to, which is part of the evaluation process. Doesn't have a traditional position in yesterday's NBA, but in the modern game will likely become a team's primary creator offensively. Will need a creative coach and the right personnel around him to unlock his full potential. Needs to be surrounded by shooting to be most effective, perhaps similar to Ben Simmons in that regard. Just an average shooter. Made only 24 3-pointers in 33 games at Duke, as well as 64 percent of his free throw attempts. Mechanics leave a lot to be desired. Ball comes off the side of his hand. Not very fluid in his lower body getting into his jumper. Can he stay healthy playing the same wrecking-ball style over the course of 82 games? Will likely need to learn to dial back the intensity at times. Had some minor knee issues in high school and has a body type that can get thick quickly if he's not careful. Will be the second-heaviest player in the NBA right off the bat, despite his height. Projected role: Big playmaker
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    Put on your GM hat and pick the next Grizzlies HC

    I don't think there is an easy answer. It really is two different games. Some people are more comfortable teaching young men and dealing with the nuances of AAU and high school coaches and the structure of the Athletic department, it can be totally different dealing with grown men who have their own lives and dealing with an NBA front office with a GM. I'm not sure how well Coach K would do at the pro level. He's more of a teacher. Same with Bobby Knight. The guy was a screamer, a bunch of grown men ain't having that so you must know how to motivate them. Look at what happened to Calipari and Pitino yet Billy Donovan and Brad Stephens seems to have done well. It's just a different game. I just don't think it's as easy as being a quality NCAA MB coach and moving to the NBA. As a matter of fact, ESPN recently did a story on this.
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    Where Should Conley Be Traded?

    I'm pretty sure Plan A is to trade him to the Eastern Conference, Plan B is Western Conference minus the SW division and there's no Plan C. I have a hard time seeing them trading him to a SW divisional rival unless it's some multi team trade and Memphis gets a haul.
  21. I don't think that will be the case. If it were, we would have done that at the trade deadline. They had deals on the table and decided not to trade him because it wasn't enough. I doubt if they'll just up and trade him for Bo Outlaw, Michael Olowokandi and the ghost of Chandler Parsons contract. As far as the interview, i'm sure he's referring to the interview with Mike in The Athletic that I posted a while back. Mike didn't explicitly say trade me, I can't see him doing that a la Davis via his agent, but he did say stuff like he's tired of being Mr. Nice Guy and sacrificing. It's time for him to be selfish and how he wants to go somewhere where he can win a championship. Unless we trade for Anthony Davis and sign Kawhi Leonard, I don't see us fitting that bill. WIth that being said, it's really not up to Mike where he lands. If the Grizz trade him, they have to make the best deal for the Grizz, not Mike. Marc got really lucky because he was this close to being traded to the Hornets who didn't even make the playoffs. By his own words, Marc thought he was going to Charlotte and then at the last minute the Toronto deal happened (and if Kawhi leaves, they may not be in a good situation) if a sweet deal happens to come along and sends Mike to a contender, good for him but that shouldn't factor into the Grizz's calculus as far as where to trade him. They have to make the best deal for the franchise. It's a business.
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    2019 NBA DRAFT

    it's times like these you wish that Chris Wallace had a GM job somewhere because he would give us 3 first round picks- not lottery protected- for Mike Conley. Too bad he's unemployed as a GM and scouting in Bulgaria somewhere.