With Marc Gasol signed and Rudy Gay healed, the Memphis Grizzlies are thinking and talking big.
With the core intact and memories of fighting their way to a deciding seventh game of the Western Conference semifinals, the Grizzlies no longer talk like one of the NBA's doormats.
They talk of winning titles, not just winning a playoff game.
Guard Mike Conley says that they have a lot of optimism and feel they have a team to make a run at a championship.
That's a far cry from previous seasons where Memphis sought to be competitive. Once they made the playoffs last season, the Grizzlies wanted to just win the franchise's first playoff game after three previous trips to the postseason ended in winless eliminations.