For the Memphis Grizzlies to proactively move on from the Grit N’ Grind era of their roster, they’ll have to address the small forward position in NBA free agency. Memphis has to become a better three-point shooting team to help the Grizzlies join the modern era of the NBA based on pace and space.
Signing small forward Chandler Parsons away from the division rival Dallas Mavericks may end up being a good long-term solution at the three for the Grizzlies. Memphis would get a player who can average 15.0 points per game, shooting close to 40% from three, without getting a very ball-dominant swingman.
Memphis had a great scorer at the three a few years ago in Rudy Gay, but he had to have the basketball in his hands at all times to be an effective offensive player in the NBA. Parsons is one of those players who lets the game come to him and acts as a great complement when on the court with a superstar caliber player.
If Memphis were to feel reluctant about breaking up the Grit N’ Grind era team, the front office could ease the team’s fans into a more modern approach by building a roster around center Marc Gasol, point guard Mike Conley and Parsons.
Parting ways with power forward Zach Randolph might be a hard decision for the Memphis front office to make, but if they were to bring Parsons into the fold, Memphis could at least stay competitive in the strong Western Conference for the next few years while they advance their roster to the pace and space era of the NBA.
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