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Memphis Grizzlies 2014 Draft Preview

Draft picks: 1st round (22nd overall)

By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Memphis Grizzlies have endured a weird offseason thus far.

CEO Jason Levien left and owner Robert Pera flirted with firing coach Dave Joerger, then ultimately they agreed the head man would stay, and finally, Pera granted Joerger an extension.

Looming through the confusion is the status of free agent Zach Randolph. Rest assured, the Grizzlies are trying to negotiate an extension with the All-Star forward.

Also lost in the disarray is the fact that Memphis is a really good team. The Grizz took the Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games in the first round of the playoffs.

Assuming Randolph is back, the Grizzlies need a massive upgrade at the small- forward position. Tayshaun Prince is on the back nine of his career, so someone like T.J. Warren from North Carolina State fits. He's a prolific scorer and his defensive deficiencies can be overcome by the defensive strength of the rest of the Memphis roster.

The Grizzlies need more shooting, as well. Washington's C.J. Wilcox is an option on that front. P.J. Hairston of North Carolina via the D-League is another strong spot-up shooter.

If Randolph opts out and leaves Memphis, Cleanthony Early from Wichita State would be a perfect fit. Like Randolph, Early can do almost everything on the floor and is one of the big sleepers in this draft. He might not even be available at No. 22.

Players under contract: C Marc Gasol; G Mike Conley; F Tayshaun Prince; G Courtney Lee; G Tony Allen; C Kosta Koufos; F Quincy Pondexter; F Jon Leuer; G Jamaal Franklin; G Nick Calathes

Free Agents: F Zach Randolph (player option); F Ed Davis; G Beno Udrih; G Mike Miller; F James Johnson

Recent Draft History:

2013: Jamaal Franklin (41), Joffrey Lauvergne (55), Janis Timma (60)

2012: Tony Wroten (25)

2011: Josh Selby (49)

2010: Xavier Henry (12), Dominique Jones (25), Greivis Vasquez (28)

2009: Hasheem Thabeet (2), DeMarre Carroll (27), Sam Young (36)

06/18 14:02:15 ET

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