The end of the road for Dillon Brooks and the Memphis Grizzlies was rocky. The Los Angeles Lakers promptly sent them packing after hearing what he said about LeBron James. The series took only five games.
The Grizzlies have assured Brooks that they have no plans to re-sign him. They obviously didn’t like his attitude, and there’s speculation that he may have been able to negotiate his way out of the league. On the other hand, it’s not as if Brooks has zero ability. He is a man of many words but not usually many deeds.
But if he’s ready to accept a smaller contract and keep his head down and just do his job, there are a few clubs who could use a wing like him. Let’s take a look at the NBA positions where he has the highest Let’s take a look at which NBA team might be the greatest match for the 27-year-old.
3. Dallas Mavericks
When trading for Kyrie Irving, the Dallas Mavericks gave up a lot of defensive depth. Obviously, the experiment did not go as planned, but there is still hope if they play their cards well.
Next year, Brooks probably won’t ask for a huge salary increase, so he might sign a ‘prove-it’ kind of contract with them. It’s important to have strong guys like Brooks on the court with Luka Doncic, and he’s not afraid to risk injury for the team.
2. Chicago Bulls
Chicago toughened up their roster by adding Patrick Beverley and Alex Caruso. Dillon Brooks is a perfect match for a squad that wants to improve its defense.
The Bulls have a history of spending too much for players who don’t deliver, and the current Arturas Karnisovas administration doesn’t appear to know what they’re doing. It would make sense for them to recruit a player of Brooks’ caliber.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers did well throughout the regular season, but they fizzled out when it mattered most. They needed a wing player who could contribute immediately off the bench, both defensively and by making threes.
The Cavaliers’ future is bright, therefore it makes sense for Brooks to join the team at this moment. Given that they already have J.B. Bickerstaff on staff, taking a gamble on a person like him is within their means.