Post-Draft Notebook



A few tidbits I've picked up today in the aftermath of last night's draft. I'll have a fuller offseason speculation post up sometime this weekend.

*The Grizzlies extended qualifying offers to Marreese Speights ($3.8 million) and Darrell Arthur ($3 million) today, making them restricted free agents, but declined to do so for O.J. Mayo and Lester Hudson, making them unrestricted. No real surprises. The team seems committed to bringing back either Arthur or Speights, and could bring back both depending on how free agency pans out. More likely is that one of the pair will be retained, along with unrestricted free-agent center Hamed Haddadi. Mayo's qualifying offer ($7.3 million) was simply too big given the team's luxury tax situation. It's theoretically possible Mayo could be brought back at a lower figure or used in a sign-and-trade deal, but both of those seem very unlikely. As for Hudson, he could still be brought back at a minimum-type contract, but I suspect any additional backcourt signings would have to have either defined point-guard skills or a more reliable three-point stroke.

*Vanderbilt shooter John Jenkins, who went a couple of picks before the Grizzlies, would have been considered at #25 but likely would not have been the pick. Perry Jones III, the draft's biggest dropper, who went to Oklahoma City at #28, was not seriously considered. The most talked about options in addition to ultimate pick Tony Wroten Jr. seem to have been point guard Marquis Teague and forward Draymond Green. My understanding is that Green was the runner-up at #25.

*The Grizzlies look forward to featuring Wroten and Josh Selby in the Las Vegas Summer League and are currently trying to fill out the roster. Jeremy Pargo is likely to play some, but probably not ever game. Former Oregon center Michael Dunigan, who left the Pac-10 early to play overseas will be on the summer squad. The Grizzlies considered drafting Dunigan in the second round last year. Former Ole Miss player Terrance Henry will be on the team. Recent workout wonders Cam Tatum and Josh Magette will continue to work out with the Grizzlies and may be on the summer-league team.

*The Grizzlies are courting undrafted forward John Shurna, a 44% three-point shooter from Northwestern, for the team, but are not alone in seeking his summer services.

*There is a chance the Grizzlies could begin the season over the luxury-tax threshold and may be willing to use a portion of their mid-level exception on a veteran point guard or — more likely — a shooter. Last season, the Grizzlies were over the tax line but were able to get under by trading Sam Young. If the team exceeds the tax line to start the season, their willingness to stay there may depend on how the season goes and what the attitude of potential new ownership is. The feeling is that if the team isn't too far over they could probably make in-season deals to shed salary if necessary.

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