A case for the Memphis Grizzlies to do nothing

It’s probably for the best Dillon Brooks doesn’t use or check social media.

That’s what he claimed the night the Memphis Grizzlies got their final win of the season, in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors, the game after Brooks took so many bad shots and his biggest critics, locally and nationally, piled on.

“I don’t hear,” anybody Brooks said then, and so maybe he doesn’t hear the loud portion of the Grizzlies fan base that presumes he could be traded this offseason.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) embrace after winning game six of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs, meaning they win the round, on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.  The Grizzlies defeated the Timberwolves 114-106.

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During these days of withdrawal, watching the Western Conference Finals play out knowing the Grizzlies could be there with just a few more breaks this postseason, the unknown is never more intoxicating. Anything to get rid of the feeling when something as fun and fulfilling as this past season comes to an unceremonious end.

It means you spend way too much time on ESPN’s trade machine putting together hypothetical trades, and the best options inevitably reinforce that Brooks is the most likely member of this Grizzlies nucleus to be dealt.

It means you entertain conspiracy theories about why Brooks was the only player to not speak to reporters during exit interviews Sundayeven though the explanation given by the team – that Brooks didn’t realize he had to talk, and nobody corralled him before he left FedExForum – sounds logical enough.

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