The season is mercifully over for the Memphis Grizzlies after a four-game sweep against the San Antonio Spurs in their 2016 NBA playoffs first-round matchup. Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger gave an emotional speech at the postgame press conference praising his team for fighting with all of their heart.
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“These guys fought. I can’t tell you enough how proud I am of every guy that is in that locker room and has come through that locker room. This season’s been hard. It’s been really hard. And they could’ve quit, could’ve quit, could’ve not made the playoffs. And every day, they came out, and they fought like crazy,” Joerger said.
The Grizzlies hobbled into 2016 NBA playoffs without their two best players in Marc Gasol and Mike Conley who were out due to injuries. Memphis used a record of 28 players this season due to all the injuries and trades that happened this season.
In a report by ESPN, the end of the Grizzlies’ season looked like the end of the “Grindhouse Era” in Memphis. There will be a lot of questions heading into the offseason including the future of Mike Conley who will be a free agent for the first time in his career.
“I have never said anything different. But this summer will definitely be a fun one. Free agency is new for me, so we will see how it goes,” Conley said regarding his future.
According to CBS Sports, the Grizzlies will likely have about $38 million in cap space with the main priority of re-signing their star point guard. The team needs to convince Conley to stay in Memphis and hope that Gasol stays healthy.
The Grizzlies are also getting older with players like Zach Randolph, Matt Barnes and Vince Carter. As for their future, Memphis have a draft pick in this year’s draft but their 2017 pick will likely end up in Denver while their 2019 pick heads to Boston.
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