Clarke and Konchar were acquired via the 2019 NBA Draft and undrafted player free agency, while De’Anthony Melton arrived in a trade from Phoenix last summer (though some speculation had suggested the Grizzlies liked Melton as a draft target in 2018. The strengths of these players seem to fit much of the criteria the Memphis front office values in young players. Front Office leader Zach Kleiman has mentioned the types of talents that really stand out to the Grizzlies.
There is certainly a line of logic that suggests that stashing a young player loaded with both upside and questions with your well-connected G-League team makes sense. That could be especially true in the case of Hall, a former top recruit who decided that college wasn’t for him and declined attending NC State to prepare for the NBA Draft. If he did indeed enroll with the Wolfpack, the idea that he’d even be a possibility for a two-way contract would probably be laughable.
There will be issues, primarily the ones reigning NBA champions Danny Green and Jared Dudley have echoed this week: However, the show will go on, and — barring any impasse in negotiations — the NBA will return before Christmas day. Which would be a marvelous Christmas gift. If Danny Green is right though, and LeBron James may sit out the first month of the season, easy solution: don’t play them on Christmas Day.