First round: None.
Second round: None.
2017-18 salary cap space (with projected $102 million cap)
$7.9 million. (10 players with $92.6 million in guaranteed contracts, $163,296 in stretch payments to Jamaal Franklin and two roster charges for $1.6 million). Doesn’t include a team option for Wayne Selden.
2017 free agents
SG Tony Allen, SF Vince Carter, PF Zach Randolph, PF JaMychal Green (restricted).
Five questions to answer
1. Can Chandler Parsons bounce back?
When the Grizzlies landed Parsons on a four-year max contract last summer, it was viewed as a coup. Memphis had never signed an outside free agent for more than the $7 million per it gave Darko Milicic in past decade, this was hailed as a game-changer.
But while Memphis has been looking for a player such as Parsons for years, he provided nothing of what the Grizzlies expected. He averaged 6.2 points in 34 games, shooting 33.8 percent overall and 26.9 percent from three-point range, and failed to become a versatile offensive threat.
The Grizzlies knew Parsons’s knees could be an issue, but believed he was worth the risk. But if he can’t turn things around next season, his contract is going to be an albatross.
2. Will Tony Allen be re-signed?
Allen is the lifeblood of the Grit-N-Grind Grizzlies. The “Grindfather” has become synonymous with this generation of Memphis hoops, becoming a cult figure for the combination of his engaging personality and incredible defense.
But Allen is 35, coming off a fourth straight season in which he missed double-digit games (though he played more games this season, 71, than he had since 2013), and is a player who relies on athleticism.
All of that leaves Memphis in a difficult position. How much, and for how long, are the Grizzlies willing to commit? The guess here is he comes back to Memphis after the two sides figure out numbers that work for everyone.
3. Will Zach Randolph be re-signed?
Like Allen, Randolph has been the face of Memphis basketball, forming the axis of the Grizzlies’ physical tandem inside with Marc Gasol for the past several years — and then became a willing backup to Gasol this season and evolved into an effective force as a second unit center under first-year Coach David Fizdale.
But as with Allen, re-signing Randolph carries risks. He’s going to be 36 this summer, and as a big, lumbering presence, he’s not likely to age all that well. And while Randolph is a solid backup center, that’s really all he should be.
Randolph will likely find his way back to Memphis. But if the Grizzlies decide to play hardball, things could get messy.
4. Will Vince Carter keep playing — and where?
It’s been remarkable to see Vince Carter morph from a superstar scoring machine to a vital role player who makes open threes and plays solid defense.
What’s even more remarkable is that Carter was as effective as he was this past season, averaging eight points and shooting 38 percent from three-point range in the regular season before starting all six games and playing well in the Grizzlies’ first-round series.
Given the dearth of quality wing players, Carter can still serve a role for a playoff team next season — assuming he wants to. Here’s hoping he does, and continues his terrific career for a 20th season.
5. How much will JaMychal Green command in restricted free agency?
Green took full advantage of his first chance to be a full-time starter in his fourth season, averaging career bests of 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and shooting 38 percent from three-point range. It was an impressive year from Green, and one that came at just the right time: He becomes a restricted free agent with a chance to make exceptional money for the first time.
His age — 26 — is a slight negative, given that players coming off their initial contract are usually a little younger. His position, however, is a huge plus; every team in the league is looking for a stretch four who can shoot all the way out to the three-point line.
So what will Green command? It would seem likely he’ll be somewhere in the $10-$12 million range, and potentially more if teams believe his 38 percent shooting clip from three is sustainable (which they’d be fair to question). But with virtually every team looking for players like him, his market should be a strong one.