Memphis announces parting ways with the king of provocations… Shall we aim for a forward?

Memphis breaks up with Brooks.

‘The Athletic’ reported on the 3rd (Korean time) about Memphis Grizzlies forward Dylan Brooks.

Memphis has emerged as an emerging powerhouse in the West, occupying the second seed for the second year in a row. Young players such as Ja Morant, Desmond Bain, and Jaren Jackson Jr. grew into the team’s main pillars and led the Brown Bears.

However, in the playoff stage, it was not as powerful as the regular season. Memphis failed to advance to the conference finals this season as well as ㅋㅋㅋ벳 last season. Even this season, they lost to the 7th seed Lakers in the first round and packed up early.

Feeling the need for change, the Memphis Front is planning to actively move to reinforce its power this summer. General manager Jack Clayman also foretold the change, saying, “The franchise will be aggressive in the offseason.” It is Memphis who also has a lot of draft picks for trades. 

On the other hand, one of the things that attracted the attention of Memphis fans was the move of Dylan Brooks, who was released as a free agent. Brooks, who came with the 45th overall pick in the 2017 draft, has established himself as a key player on the team despite a low draft pick. 

Brooks, who has the temperament of an issue maker, is a player who creates a lot of buzz on and off the court. Brooks, who was often in a battle of nerves with his opponents, drew a lot of attention by provoking against Draymond Green and LeBron James.

However, unlike the hot showmanship, his performance on the court was very disappointing. The sluggishness of this season was particularly painful. The dirty play that comes out when you forget it also received a lot of criticism from fans.

Brooks averaged 10.5 points and 39.6% field goal this season. He often showed unpredictable shot selection even to his teammates, and it was pointed out that his shooting ability was far behind. Even in the playoffs, he provoked opponent ace LeBron and attracted many issues, but only a 31.2% field goal rate, leaving a deep regret.

The Lakers intentionally gave more shooting chances to Brooks and developed a defense that blocked the other side, and it worked thoroughly. On the other hand, Lebron, who was attacked by Brooks for being “too old”, led the team into the second round, flying on the court without any response. 

The Memphis front was also aware of Brooks’ problems. If Brooks, who plays as a starter, is sluggish like this season, it will be difficult for Memphis to leap to a higher place. They are known to have diagnosed Brooks’ limitations through the playoffs.

Brooks, who finished the playoffs somewhat vainly amid provocations, had a discussion about breaking up at the season-ending meeting with Memphis. Memphis has no intention of holding Brooks again.

The Athletic said: “Memphis informed free agent Dylan Brooks that they will not bring him back under any circumstances. Brooks heard about the club’s decision during a closing meeting with team officials. We discussed what was best to do.”

“Memphis offered Brooks a contract extension midway through this season, but it was turned down. The deal ended there,” he added.

Memphis was linked with bold forwards such as OG Anunobi and Mikal Bridges at the last trade deadline, but the recruitment was not made. At the time, there was also a local media report that Memphis offered Bridges four first-round picks. In the case of Anunobi, as the situation in Toronto has changed, the possibility of moving the team is greater than before. 

Brooks is currently the longest-serving player on the Memphis roster. What will Memphis do in the summer transfer market after parting ways with Brooks?

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