The Grizzlies had the second best outcome on Tuesday night when they received the #2 pick and the Clippers received #1.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If anyone is dumb enough to pass up on Blake Griffin or trade him, it's the Clippers, who have a history of making bad moves and are loaded at the 4 and 5 spots.
The Grizzlies have flexibility that puts them in a position to take on salary for the sake of improving the team.
One outcome I'd like to see is trading for the Griffin while taking on one of the Clippers big contracts.
For example, according to RealGM's trade checker, the Grizzlies could take on Zach Randolph's contract without giving up any players and swap picks. According the ESPN's trade checker, the Grizzlies would have to send players back, but both teams have enough assets to make something like that work.
RealGM also pointed to a Bay Area article that suggests that the Clippers are more interested in Rubio than Griffin.
If the Clippers aren't willing to part with Griffin, the Grizzlies are still in a good position with Rubio available at #2, and can package Conley with other players to get a forward.