Acabou para os Memphis Grizzlies, e agora?

Os sonhos de permanecer competitivo diminuíram, deixando os Grizzlies com um longo processo de reconstrução pela frente.

Após uma temporada 2017-18 deprimente, que começou com a lesão de Mike Conley, depois passou para uma disputa entre David Fizdale e Marc Gasol, acabando com um trabalho pesado de um mês, os Grizzlies regressaram com uma equipa saudável e reforçada para 2018-19. Conley regressou á competição, e a franquia adicionou Jaren Jackson Jr. vindo do Draft da NBA, Garret Temple via trade, e Kyle Anderson na agência livre.

Funcionou durante algum tempo. Gasol e Conley pareciam rejuvesnescidos em Outubro e Novembro, tendo apresentado grandes desempenhos em campo e uma nova revolução ofensiva. Memphis registava 12-5 e esteve em primeiro lugar na Conferência Oeste durante algum tempo.

No entanto, acabou. Gasol tem sido uma lástima no último mês, e os Memphis não têm andamento para a brutal competitiva Conferência Oeste.

Depois da derrota de 20 pontos frente aos Pelicans de Anthony Davis (que não jogou) em casa, Memphis está com 9 jogos abaixo de .500 e em 14 lugar na Conferência Oeste. Desde a vitória sobre os Portland Trail Blazers a 12 de Dezembro, os Grizzlies perderam 17 em 20 jogos. O cronograma tem sido bem difícil, mas mesmo quando não é, como a derrota de segunda feira em casa, Memphis sente dificuldades.

Desde 13 de Dezembro que os Grizzlies têm a terceira pior classificação líquida da Liga, á frente de apenas Cleveland Cavaliers e New York Knicks. Registam também a pior ofensiva nesse pervurso por uma margem bem sólida, o que não é grande surpresa, porque o jogo ofensivo nunca foi o destaque na equipa. Porém, a defesa desmonorou-se sob o comando de JB Bickerstaff, com a resistência de Memphis no 18º lugar, acima dos 20 jogos, depois do 4º lugar nos primeiros 27 jogos desta temporada.

Se Memphis não consegue defender, não consegue ganhar. E no último mês, os Grizzlies não estão a chegar perto o suficiente para compensar o seu mediocre ataque.

E agora?

O contrato do gigante Gasol expira após a próxima temporada (2019-2020), a menos que ele opte por $26 milhões, o que parece imprudente. Mas, dado o espaço do prêmio para a agência livre de 2019, o espanhol pode não ser comercializado até julho, uma vez que nenhuma equipa com espaço salarial parece interessado.

Conley tem mais uma ano que Gasol no seu enorme contrato, mas ele é três anos mais novo, sem a crescente reputação de mau humor que Gasol carrega.Será uma equipa em desespero como os Pheonix Suns ou os Detroit Pistons a fazer uma jogada por Conley? O que Memphis quer ou espera numa troca de uma dos melhores e mais amados jogadores da história da franquia? Seria mais sensato esperar pelo verão e ver se a equipa que contratar Kevin Durant (assumindo que não fica nos Warriors) precisa de um base?

E para onde Bickerstaff, que assumiu uma temporada provisória na temporada transata, terminou com sucesso o trabalho inglório e foi contratado para treinar uma equipa competitiva? Será que a franquia confia em Bickerstaff para a reconstrução?

Ouvimos com tanta frequência que as equipas em pequenos mercado não podem arcar com as despesas e reconstruí-las.

O facto de os Grizzlies deverem aos Celtics a sua primeira escolha no Draft tornam mais urgente a tomada de decisões em torno dessa questão. Memphis deve dar a Boston a sua escolha de 2019, a menos que esteja entre os oitro primeiros. Até á última temporada, os Grizzlies poderiam ter basicamente garantido que manteriam a sua seleção terminando no sétimo pior registo, e teria tido uma chance de 3 em 4 de mantê-lo terminando com o oitavo pior registo.

Mas as chances foram suavizadas nessa lotaria, o que é uma mé notícia para os Memphis Grizzlies. Sob o novo sistema, Memphis precisa de terminar com o quinto pior registo para ter uma probabilidade de quase 100% para manter a sua escolha e o sexto pior registo para ter uma probabilidade de 96% para mantê-lo. Ser a sétima pior equipa deixa uma probabilidade de 15% de perder a escolha. Ser o oitavo pior seria uma probabilidade de 60-40. A partir de 22 de Janeiro, Memphis é a sexta pior equipa da Liga.

Dito isto, ser terrível é a melhor jogada para os Memphis Grizzlies agora. Se para isso, têm de perder Conley e Gasol, que assim seja.

Onde Memphis está agora, não é onde deveria de estar. O único caminho é descer…

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