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    JJJ has arrived ahead of schedule

    Setting aside for a moment what JJJ is in terms of the league or his future, let's at least acknowledge that he has exceeded expectations in terms of what we needed out of him this early. If he were having an "average" rookie campaign, no way we'd be performing at the level we are now. We needed this draft pick to be a potential star and to start out of the gate strong, and I say he has achieved that on both counts. And clearly Gasol's game has elevated - JJJ has to be somewhat responsible for making things easier on him. It looks like at the very least, JJJ is headed for the 2nd best if not eventually the best rookie campaign in team history. Why would any fan of this team want to play devil's advocate to that? Want to pooh pooh what this kid is doing?
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    Chandler Parsons - Note to Memphis

    I think what this essentially boils down to is he's not a Memphis kinda guy. I mean fit-wise. Especially now that the org is talking about ensuring we remain a Grit-n-Grind team. I don't remember how he was sold, but what he symbolized to me was the first big splash of the Fizdale era - and it was going to be a different era in the organization. Maybe for Parsons, it was the J.B. relationship that sold him, but that wasn't relevant to the fans. Best case scenario - if the moves we made this offseason actually bear fruit, as well as re-establish our identity - is that Parsons lights it up to the point that he's a 6th man of the year candidate. However, if he's doing that well, there will be tremendous pressure to start him over Anderson, even if Anderson is the more fluid fit in the starting lineup. A good problem to have, I guess, but ultimately the wrong call, I think. I guess kudos to Parsons for wanting to rehab his image as well as his body. But he alluded to it himself; produce, help the team win games, and it all goes away.
  3. If Chandler Parsons in the lineup is necessary to "play to win", then our season is already toast. It's no fun being sensible in July....
  4. Seems to me that if we can find 8-10 ppg somewhere else on this bench, that's an agreeable trade off. Marc Gasol Mike Conley Jtrip Dillon Brooks Kyle Anderson JAM These 6 guys are guaranteed to play quality minutes this season. That leaves, 2 more spots for decent minutes, and then maybe the 9th guy averages less than 10 minutes a game. In other words, inconsequential. Of those 2 spots, likely PT candidates include (along with CP) Andrew Harrison, Ivan Rabb, Wayne Selden, Garret Temple, Jevon Carter. And I'm still probably leaving off 1 or 2 guys that at least intrigue some of you. Unless CP is blistering it in camp, back to his old self, why give him any minutes at all? He is absolutely not in our plans past this contract, and people would be dancing in the streets if we could get his contract off our books at low cost. So I will put it back to you: what value is there in giving him any minutes at all? What makes his 8-10ppg so much more special than anyone else on our bench? Not to mention, when you look at this past offseason, and Chandler Parsons is so NOT a GnG guy, what's the point of playing him?.
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    Jarrell Martin to Orlando

    Sounds like a great plan to me. I hope Jtrip get's 30+ mins a night. And Jam has also played the 5 on occasion. So there's that.
  6. Honestly, I'd DNP - coach's decision that guy all season. Whatever he was going to do here, he's done it. Hate that his body broke down on him, but he's got fat stacks to wipe his tears with, so I'm not feeling too bad for him.
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    jarell martin appreciation thread

    Hate it didn't work out for Martin here, hopefully he will catch on somewhere and have a long illustrious career.
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    Jarrell Martin to Orlando

    Why is everybody wanting a backup C so bad? If Gasol gets hurt, there's nobody we can get behind him that will make up for the loss. When Jtrip and Gasol are not on the floor together, Jtrip will be Gasol's backup. JAM will get a lot of burn, and we have enough multi-spot players on the roster now to pick up any leftover minutes.
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    Jarrell Martin to Orlando

    I am not one to get too excited about end-of-bench type trades, but Tyler Martin is going to be a 3-ball specialist in this league before it's over with. If he's gonna turn the corner, might as well do it here. With a few exceptions, benches tend to be completely recycled in the NBA every couple of seasons. Jtrip's entrance meant Martin's exit. For those hoping we would have moved Jam instead, sorry, but this was the right move. With every next move the F.O. makes this offseason, it makes me think they are at least putting some thought into what they are trying to do. We aren't going to be world beaters, but this team is going to have a chance to be decent. Let's make the playoffs, keep that pick, maybe get lucky and move Parsons' expiring next year, and this ship can start getting righted.
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    Grizz trading Mclemore & DD for Garrett Temple

    LOL - I rest my case.
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    Grizz trading Mclemore & DD for Garrett Temple

    When you have your patsy, the next move is to eliminate all the witnesses... Chris Wallace may be making the calls, but it appears JB, like Fiz before him (etc, etc), is getting what he wants for what we have to finagle with. Honestly, have we had a coach here that doesn't appear to be making all their own personnel decisions?
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    Was Firing Coach Fizsdale the Answer?

    Just watched this again the other day. Nice reference.
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    OKC Needs a Trade Partner

    I can't imagine a team looking to make someone else take the hit on an expiring contract would want to take on a useless player on an even longer deal. That's the opposite of relief.
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    Grit N Grind Redux....Will It Work?

    Grit n Grind can work again, but not yet. Even if we commit to defense, we'll be starting a rookie and a 2nd year player next season (and yes, Jtrip had darn well better start out of the gate; if he doesn't post the same starts/minutes as Pau did his rookie year, then that's one huge strike against JB in my book). We are going to look silly at times next year. But we can get better. The pieces are there. Jtrip is supposed to be a haul defensively, we just have to hope he develops as advertised. I have been a big Dillon Brooks believer from day one. Kyle Anderson is Tayshaun all over again, but one not slowed by age. Several people will dislike that comparison, but the numbers didn't lie - our team's numbers improved during the early part of his tenure here and made us even better defensively. However, here's the problem with all this - GnG was predicated on a style of play, but I think even TA's most ardent supporters don't give him as much credit as he deserved on this team. He was a generational defensive stud. There are probably less than 10 NBA players in league history who could literally change a game defensively, all by themselves. Allen was one of those guys. Having that is what gave GnG that extra spark of magical. We can be great defensively, but I don't see anyone on our roster like that today, and that's such a rare skill it may not be available to add on in the next 2-3 years. But as a philosophy - yeah, we can continue to zag to the league's zig, and create a level of success with it. BTW ODK, I don't think we get to choose when Boston takes the pick from us - it's their call. So they will just wait until it is best for them.
  15. The Kyle Anderson signing makes me believe we are committed to a culture here. After we moved away from it. I am happy with this signing, we're getting him at a fair market price, and I fully expect him to be penciled in as our starting 3. Glad Spurs didn't match.
  16. We'll be towards the bottom in pace again. But in our peak GnG days, I was highly entertained with our physicality and how we forced people to play our way. It's beautifully ugly.
  17. Wish I had kept the link, but maybe there is hope for this Anderson deal. Was a local San Antonio article (although not sure if it was the local paper), same sources that first broke the news of the signing are getting the signal that Spurs won't match.
  18. It's called "Chandler Parsons Bloat". A deadly disease, but thankfully not fatal. Will run its course in about 2 more years.
  19. The move makes some sense given what the Front Office and JB seem to be embracing in a roster going forward. So I will give them credit for an out-of-the-box attempt at signing a player that probably fits the mold we are trying to achieve. This is a very loud affirmation that our organization is fully and emphatically rejecting what David Fizdale wanted to do - and ironically, was brought in to do. So in actuality, if anyone is wondering why this move was made, people should be asking Marc what he thinks about it. It's not a sexy pick, but in the new economy, this is a very comfortable fit for a halfcourt-minded team at a good price. He would essentially become this roster's version of a young Shane Battier, and should be our starting SF. The Grizzlies will spin the trade kicker as their level of commitment to Anderson, but it's actually their level of desperation to not let any signing of note wriggle off the hook, because even with that the Spurs are in all likelihood matching this offer.
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    There goes your Gasol-Conley-Evans core

    I am hoping all the shock being displayed here is feigned. There's a lot of reasons to be bothered by this, but it should have been evident to everyone that we weren't re-signing Tyreke Evans this year, and not just as a recent revelation. He was a one-year rental from the beginning. At the very least, it was evident to every other team in the association when we couldn't get a hamburger Tuesday for an Evans today at last season's trade deadline. Here is why I am (and everyone else should be) bothered by the handling of Tyreke this season, up until now. This was right out of the 3YP playbook of being as absolutely cheap as possible. We just wanted him off the books. The reason we "held out" for someone trading us a 1st round pick is because only a more gullible GM would have offered that to us. Even when you're trying to save money, you can't pass up a chance at a Montreal (Memphis?) Screwjob. Are we firing more scouts next? I'm done with Chris Wallace. If all he can do is remind us that he presided over the assembly of the GnG "Core 4", then my response is to turn on my Karaoke machine and sing "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" People need to brace themselves - there will be no FA signing of note this year. No helpful trade this year. This year is about riding out contracts - and probably next year. In 2 seasons, our payroll will be next to nothing. We'd better hope Brooks and Jackson prove to be a dynamic duo.
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    Can Carter play right away?

    That's not going to get us much. Dante Exum is the kind of signing I would expect our team would do here.
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    Jaren Jackson Jr's Floor/Ceiling

    What I remember of Warrick - especially at times when he was forced to be in the starting lineup - is that he was easily good for about 16 points a game, because he had several ways he could score on you down low, but primarily his game was quickness and grace. The one thing I will say about JJJ, when you see his tapes - if there is anything that gives me hope about how good he can be - it's the way he glides around. I know some people are beating him up about footwork, but I saw a very graceful individual on the floor. Sometimes he wasn't in the best position, and therefore made some plays harder than they had to be, but positioning can be taught (as can footwork, for that matter). Warrick had that kind of glide to him, but since he was a one-dimensional player, it didn't matter. So when I say I look at JJJ and I see someone who moves offensively like Hakim Warrick but also looks like he's going to be able to also bring some defense, that intrigues me. I don't know if I would say his game is the same, but the way he flows across the court is. Warrick was considered by many a probable lottery pick, and apparently that was mostly on his offensive skill set. The more I look at JJJ, I still am bummed that he's likely going to need a few seasons to start coming around, but if he's willing to learn, and we have someone who can teach him, he has the potential of being the best draftee in Memphis Grizz history. Unfortunately he doesn't have many people to move past to earn that distinction.
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    Jaren Jackson Jr's Floor/Ceiling

    Uh, where did you get that out of what I said? I used Hakim Warrick as a comparison point.
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    Any Updates on MC11

    Agreed. They need a plan for Conley at this point. Such as an heir apparent.
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    Jaren Jackson Jr's Floor/Ceiling

    When I see JJJ, I think of Hakim Warrick with better defensive instincts and a stronger frame. People are going to laugh at that, but I always thought Warrick gave the Grizzlies about the best he had for such a thin-as-a-rail guy. And I just think JJJ has it in him to be well-rounded offensively.