Grizzlies Shift Focus In Search For Reinforcement

The Grizzlies had been scheduled to work out several players this week, but no signing is imminent, and the team has changed its priorities since the report about the auditions, according to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal (Twitter links). The team had targeted Darius MorrisReggie Williams, Seth Curry and Kendall Marshall with the thinking that Quincy Pondexter would miss only two weeks, but the revelation that Pondexter will be out for the season has forced a change of plans. The Grizzlies are looking to add someone who’s more of a long-term solution, Tillery says.

Memphis has just 13 players on its roster, including Pondexter and Marc Gasol, who’s out indefinitely with a sprained MCL in his left knee. The team is about $3.5MM clear of the luxury tax line, so it should have plenty of flexibility to sign one or two guys. There aren’t major upgrades available on the free agent market, but names like Richard Hamilton, Shannon Brown and DeShawn Stevenson are available if the Grizzlies are still looking for a guard. Those players may be holding out for more than the minimum salary, and while Memphis has most of its mid-level exception and all of its bi-annual exception available, in-season signings are almost always for the minimum.

It’s unclear whether the Grizzlies still plan to go through with their scheduled workouts, or if any of the players linked to the team have already completed their auditions. Memphis could also look to acquire players via trade, an avenue that might net more intriguing options. Most of the players who signed this offseason become eligible to be traded on Sunday.

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