Monday, December 24, 2007

Time for a Change?

We're a third of the way into the second consecutive season where the Grizzlies have underachieved.

They're painfully close to finishing with the worst record in the league when expectations are that they should be improving with Pau Gasol healthy and a full compliment of up and coming players at every position.

It's probably time for the Grizzlies to make a significant change. In last month's poll, 18 of 32 voters said the Grizzlies should 'wait and see' instead of trading Gasol or even making minor adjustments.

I disagree. The Grizzlies should actively pursue deals with everyone on the table except Rudy Gay and Mike Conley.

The latest rumor has Mike Miller headed to Miami. I'm not sure who from Miami makes sense for the Grizzlies, save Dwayne Wade, but moving Miller probably makes sense for the Grizzlies.

His three point shooting, his ball handing, and his ability to score haven't out weighed Miller's defensive deficiencies and his penchant for passing first and shooting second.

From Miami, the biggest value for the Grizzlies would be an unprotected first round draft pick in next year's draft. Miami is likely to have a lottery pick, and two top picks in the draft would help the Grizzlies fast track their rebuilding process. Besides a draft pick, Udonis Haslem and Ricky Davis' expiring contract are the only two assets that make sense for the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies shouldn't give up Miller or anyone else unless they get something valuable in return, but at this point the status quo isn't working. With 27 disappointing games already in the books, it's time for a change.

1 comment:

Melvin said...

I think the Grizzlies need some leadership. I believe the need a veteran who can make some great presence.. I don't think the need of trading Mike Miller (especially to Heat). If they were about to get another draft pick in exchange for him, I don't think it would make sense considering the Grizz are overflowing with young talents..

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