Western Notes: Grizzlies, Harris, Wolves

The Grizzlies need to find a small forward this summer, opines Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal in a subscription-only piece. Coach Dave Joerger said, “It’s becoming much more of a playmaking position. Used to be your shooting guard was a guy you ran off of picks and spot up to make shots. Point guard brought it up and your small forward was a defender and athletic runner. That’s not the case anymore. Teams are playing smaller and small forwards are like having another point guard. They’re having to make plays, create shots for other people and just do more than, say, 10 years ago.” Tillery notes the players the Grizzlies are looking at in the draft to fill this need are Kyle Anderson, K.J. McDaniels, Jerami Grant, Glenn Robinson III and Cleanthony Early.

More from the west:

  • All signs point toward the Grizzles and Zach Randolph agreeing on a long-term contract, and the process appears to be a mere formality, writes Tillery in a separate article. GM Chris Wallace told Tillery, “It’s going forward. We’re very excited about what Zach’s done in the past and hope to have him here in the future. This has really been a terrific boon for both sides. He’s obviously meant a great deal to us on and off the court. And Memphis has worked for him. This has been, by far, the best stop for him since he’s been in the NBA. So we’re working towards that goal.”
  • Devin Harris is looking for security in his next contract, writes Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. Harris becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, and is seeking a three-year deal according to the article. When asked what the chances were of him returning to the Mavericks, Harris said, “Pretty good. This is where I want to be, so, we’ll see. As long as things make sense.”
  • Sid Hartman of The Star Tribune asked Flip Saunders what kind of players would be available when the Timberwolves pick at No. 13, and Saunders said, “There’s a good player. I think there’s rotation players, probably all the way to 18 or 19, guys that will be able to come in and be in teams’ top eight [next season]. There’s a box of a lot of good players at that spot.

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