The good news for the Grizzlies is that unlikely last year, Memphis got beyond the play-in round, upsetting the Golden State Warriors to earn the 8-seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
And while there is disappointment that the season ended so quickly after that, with a five-game loss to the top-seeded Utah Jazz, this Memphis roster is the third youngest in the NBA and is returning 13 players next season, so improvement should be on the way.
The big offseason focus, beyond taking that next step, will be on the $13 million team option for Justise Winslow. If the Grizzlies decline the option, they will have a projected $20 million to spend in free agency to bolster the budding roster. So what should they do?