It wasn't so long ago that Grizzlies' forward Rudy Gay remembers the team having a less-than-stellar bench.
"We basically sign guys to 10-day contracts," said Gay, who's in his sixth season with the Griz. "We'd sign guys to play out the season."
What Gay is seeing now should be tears of relief to his eyes. For the first time since he's been with team, the Grizzlies have an honest-to-goodness deep and talented bench full of scorers.
At one point in the second half in Monday's 94-85 win over the Clippers at FedEx Forum, the Grizzlies had three all-stars on the floor playing what was a second unit rotation. The all-stars were Griz reserves Zach Randolph and Gilbert Arenas, and starting center Marc Gasol.
True, Griz coach Lionel Hollins doesn't know how long he'll keep having Randolph come off the bench. But Arenas is the backup combo guard that the Grizzlies have searched for the last three years and he just fell in their lap as a free agent that no one else really wanted.