Or... You could be concerned about last night because it looks like Dave Joerger spent the entire preseason trying to install a new offense and spent zero time working on defense.
There is a downside to not signing Hollins if Joerger and co. want him. Someone could sign him and the quality of available bigs might not be as good when you decide later to pick one up... As was the case with with Hassan Whiteside.
Well, I am certainly one of the commenters that expressed the opinion that Zach could have done much better by the Grizzlies. He tied the team's hands by insisting on the full $16.+ million rather than spreading that out over the three years.
My comments along those lines were treated as blasphemy on some other sites, as though any negative comment about Zach's deal must mean they shouldn't have re-signed him.
And, the comments from Zach's agent during the media/public "impasse" on the contract discussions made it very clear that the difference of opinion was clearly over Zach being paid the full amount for the 2014-15 season.
If you don't think it is a problem, look at it this way. The difference between what Zach did, and what Zach could have done, may very well be the difference between being able to retain the services of Mike Miller vs. seeing him walk. (Won't it be nice to see Miller playing for OKC this year?)
It may be the difference between the Grizzlies being able to sign that small forward everyone hopes they can sign, and simply not having the financial flexibility to get it done.
You have to hope they can create some cap space by getting Tayshaun off the books. Trade? Buyout? Amnesty?
Something's got to give.
It seems people have a hard time understanding the point of view Iggy is expressing. I said the same thing on several sites.
Zach could have done what Tim Duncan did. Tear up any existing deal and sign a new deal at a dollar amount that would allow his team the financial flexibility to go get some players to help for the 2014-15 season. Duncan gave up money and signed a $10 million per year deal. Look where that got the Spurs.
If Zach had opted out and then signed a 3 year / $36 million deal, he would have provided the Grizzlies with $4.5 million in cap space to go sign other players. And Zach would have gotten the same money.
A lot of people have a hard time understanding that. Love Z-Bo. He should have done better by the Grizz.
I was able to attend the preseason game in Orlando on Friday night, sitting right next to the Grizzlies bench. Posted a full-blown postgame recap over on bealestreetbears.com and a summary as a FanPost on grizzlybearblues.com In case you guys frequent those sites. (If you don't, you ought to.)
Includes a pretty decent closeup photo of Kosta Koufos all alone on the Grizzlies bench while the team warmed up. And a reference to Tayshaun "Waldo" Prince.
I will also be attending Sunday's game against the Hawks in Atlanta, a couple of rows behind the Grizzlies bench. I expect to have an article posted by Monday morning.
I have to agree with a couple of things in this article, as well as in Andrew Millen's comments.
Quincy Pondexter forcing the Grizzlies hand in making a tough decision about starting him ahead of either Tayshaun Prince or, God forbid, Tony Allen.
Jon Leuer getting serious consideration for playing time ahead of, or in addition to, Ed Davis.
If this seems like a double bind, catch-22, full-blown quandary for the coaching staff, remember this. This is supposed to be a very smart, analytical coaching staff. These are the decisions that will define them as a staff, and Dave Joerger as a head coach.
While it may seem frustrating at this early point in the process, watching the coaching staff learn, develop, and grow is going to make this a very interesting season as well.
The picture caption and Tayshaun's facial expression...
That's when he yells: "Go go gadget arm, go!" just before his left arm telescopes up for that can-opener dunk.
Do fans realize just how left-handed the Grizzlies are, and how unusual or unique that is? Or the advantages that a left-handed player, or left-dominant team may have?
From the Wall Street Journal back in May: "Memphis Leans Heavily to the Left"
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