Wallace, Grizzlies eye draft for quick turnaround

Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace is already turning his thoughts to the offseason.

When you’re the worst team in the Western Conference and maybe the entire league, you could probably use help everywhere. But the Memphis Grizzlies are going to start with shooters.

At least, that’s word from general manager Chris Wallace, who spoke with the team’s website about the Grizzlies’ offseason, and more specifically, the NBA draft.

“You’re hoping you can combine talent and upside with somebody that can produce in the short term,” Wallace told the website of the team’s future lottery pick. “We’re watching and evaluating from afar right now. They’re not in here working out, so the post-college season is when you really get to know these guys.”

Along with draft picks (and likely some free agents), the Grizzlies must also hire a full-time coach. interim man J.B. Bickerstaff is holding down the job for now, and could be in the running for the position this summer.

The Grizzlies could also use a lift from a healthy Mike Conley Jr. next season. The veteran point guard has missed most of this one after foot surgery.

Right now, the Grizzlies are in line for a top-three draft pick. So adding a major college player such as Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton or Duke’s Marvin Bagley could help the team be competitive again almost immediately.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to add an infusion of talent, and we hope that it’s somebody that can contribute to the short term and not just someone you look long term with,” Wallace said. “As far as our team need, you can always use outside shooting in the NBA of 2018. It’s such a premium placed on the three-point shot, you can never have enough guys who can shoot the three. We also have to get more and more athletic.”