Although the free agency period is well past the point where big name players are still on the market, there are a lot of players currently still unsigned that can provide a lot of support to a team in need. However, while many teams have the cap space and depth issues that would warrant signing more players, the Memphis Grizzlies are not in this position.
This article will explain why the Grizzlies should not and probably will not sign any more free agents during this offseason. While there are many more reasons than those listed below that also could explain why signing more free agents wouldn’t be a good idea, the claims below more than adequately explain why signing more free agents isn’t beneficial for the Grizzlies at this moment.
A Completed 10-man Rotation
Only around 10 players actually see much playing time in most games. Most teams can be considered to have enough depth so long as they have strong players as these ten people.
Between a starting lineup of Mike Conley, Courtney Lee, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol, as well as Beno Udrih, Tony Allen, Vince Carter, Jarnell Stokes, and Kosta Koufos to back up each player respectively, the Grizzlies have a roster that shouldn’t have any depth issues so long as everyone can stay healthy. Because of that, there really isn’t any need to get more players to add to this depth.
The Luxury Tax
The Luxury Tax is something that is put forth in sporting leagues to make sure that teams in major cities that make a ton of money can’t just “buy” a championship by spending all that money on players. This is done by making it so any team over this limit have to pay fines.
The Grizzlies are very close to being over the luxury tax threshold as it stands right now. The team is currently barely $200,000 above the threshold. If they go over this limit, they will have immense fees to pay towards the NBA, money that they don’t want to spend if they don’t have to.
The Grizzlies would have one reason to sign more players: they still need a better small forward on the starting roster. However, with less than a million dollars to spend before the luxury tax, they really have no room to get this hypothetical player.
The Team Has Swingmen
One thing that seems like a major problem for the Grizzlies on paper is that they have way too many shooting guards on their roster. With six shooting guards on the team, many of them will have to find time on the court at other positions.
Thankfully, a lot of them will be able to find time as small forwards. With Prince and Quincy Pondexter being the only players technically listed as small forwards on the roster, the team’s abundance of shooting guards will be spending some of their time at the three. Allen, for instance, showed that he can tightly guard small forwards much taller than him when he successfully contained Kevin Durant during last year’s playoffs. Carter also may find some time as a small forward, as his build might be suitable for that position despite his old age.
There really isn’t much to say on why the Grizzlies shouldn’t sign more free agents. If they do, they will be paying hefty fines, and the team is pretty much as complete as it can get without spending millions of dollars on another star. The Grizzlies can’t enter the season better than they already are, and making any other transitions during this year’s offseason would more likely than not only hurt the team rather than help it.