MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Grizzlies didnt make the noisiest move of the night. That belonged to the Nets. But Memphis quietly got better in and around the 2013 NBA Draft. That successful character trait of this new ownership -- winning despite trading the teams biggest name in January and hiring a rising coach in Dave Joerger earlier Thursday -- struck again.
Memphis entered the night with three second-round picks and tried unsuccessfully to get into the first round. When that didnt happen, its first move became a trade. Power forward Darrell Arthur, along with the 55th pick, went to Denver for center Kosta Koufos. Then San Diego States Jamaal Franklin fell out of the first round and into the Grizzlies' lap at No. 41.
Franklin is an immediate impact player, the only Division I player to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. CEO Jason Levien made no secret of what the team was trying to do.
There were reports we were trying to move into the first round of the draft, w...