Just a year after reaching the Western Conference Finals, where they were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs, the Memphis Grizzlies struggled in the 2013-2014 season.
Of course, the word struggle is used loosely because the Grizzlies still managed to win 50 games and push the Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs. They did all that despite parting ways with head coach Lionel Hollins in favor of assistant Dave Joerger and losing center Marc Gasol, the 2012-2013 Defensive Player of the Year, for 23 games.
The Grizzlies entered the offseason with the plenty of questions, especially in their front court. One of those questions was answered just as quickly as the Grizzlies could have hoped. Starting power forward Zach Randolph, who could have opted out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, exercised his $16.5 million option and then agreed to a two-year extension worth $20 million.
As happy as the Grizzlies were to get a deal done, that move leaves the future of another Grizzlies’ big man in doubt. Ed Davis, who helped fill in while Gasol was injured and gave valuable minutes to the Grizzlies, was set to become a restricted free agent on Tuesday.
However, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Davis will actually become an unrestricted free agent.
Memphis forward Ed Davis will be an unrestricted free agent, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
Davis averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game last season while shooting 53.4% from the field and 52.8% from the free throw line.