Memphis Grizzlies 2012 Draft Preview
By John McMullen, NBA Editor
(Sports Network) - A first round playoff exit at the hands of a talented Los Angeles Clippers club should be no reason to panic on Beale Street.
The Memphis Grizzlies still possess one of the most dominating front lines in basketball with Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, along with a solid point guard in Mike Conley. The Grizz need a tweak not a reboot.
The big hole seems to be outside shooting and it does look like the club will finally part ways with enigmatic guard O.J. Mayo, a restricted free agent.
Picking 25th overall the Grizzlies may stay inside the city limits by taking swingman Will Barton, who played his college ball at the University of Memphis. Other options include Washington combo guard Tony Wroten as well as Kentucky shooting guard Doron Lamb.
Players under contract: F: Zach Randolph; F: Rudy Gay; C: Marc Gasol; G: Mike Conley; G: Tony Allen; F: Dante Cunningham; G: Jeremy Pargo; F: Quincy Pondexter; G: Josh Selby
Free Agents: G: Gilbert Arenas; F: Darrell Arthur (restricted); G: O.J. Mayo (restricted); F: Marreese Speights (restricted); F: Hamed Haddadi
Recent Draft History: 2011: Josh Selby (49) 2010: Xavier Henry (12), Dominique Jones (25), Greivis Vasquez (28) 2009: Hasheem Thabeet (2), DeMarre Carroll (27), Sam Young (36) 2008: Kevin Love (5), Donte Green (28) 2007: Mike Conley (4)
Draft picks: 1st round (25th overall)
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