The Memphis Grizzlies have no plans to engage in a rebuild entering this offseason. The Grizzlies will keep Marc Gasol and Mike Conley in hopes of returning to the playoffs.
“Assuming Marc (Gasol) and Mike (Conley) come back healthy, I think we have a couple of surrounding pieces that are younger players that are going to make a positive impact,” Robert Pera said. “We’ll get another good player in this draft. I see no reason why we can’t return to being a 50-win plus team.”
Pera blamed the issues the Grizzlies faced last season upon injuries.
“In the NBA there are some things you can control; there are some things you can’t control,” Pera said. “There’s some luck and chance involved, too. This year injuries set us back. … If we’re healthy, I expect us to be very competitive.”
Pera plans on taking a more active role as owner moving forward.
“I’d like to put my stamp on the team more now that the ownership situation is resolved,” Pera said. “I’d like to apply some of the skills that made my company, Ubiquiti, successful. I also realize it’s a little bit different. With my company, I can make all the decisions on the long-term (vision). I can be kind of a dictator. With the team, there’s more elements than just the long-term picture. You have to have some transparency with the fans. … How you handle the media and the fans are almost as important as the long-term goals. It took me some time to find my bearings the last several years.”