[caption id="attachment_17531" align="aligncenter" width="381"] Mark Runyon | Basketball Schedule[/caption] The Memphis Grizzlies aren’t going to get much hype this offseason. They didn't make any huge moves, and this means the basketball media is struggling to find something to say about them right now. There’s going to be a lot of drooling over teams like the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, while people gradually forget that the Grizzlies made the Western Conference Finals last season. And when people do remember that, they’ll bring up the absence of Russell Westbrook in the Thunder series, and the giant asterisk that comes as a result. That’s fine, after last offseason, we’re all used to people not taking the Grizzlies seriously. But the fact is, the Grizzlies have had a very productive offseason. The first key move came on draft night, when they traded Darrell Arthur to the Nuggets in exchange for Kosta Koufos. I am a big fan of Arthur and he will be very productive in Denver, but this was a very smart move for the Grizz. It fixes their biggest problem which is their big man situation: The lack of a true backup center. Last year, the team had three power forwards, with Marc Gasol the only true 5 on the team. Prior to the trade deadline they did have Iranian center Hamed Haddadi, but with his laid back attitude, he was never going to get a quality spot in Lionel Hollins rotation. What really make this trade impressive, however, is just how productive Koufos was with the Nuggets last year. He shot .581 from the field, while starting over fan favourite JaVale McGee, who was given a huge multi-year contract in Denver. He did this on a 57-win team. Oh, did I mention he’s going to be the backup center? Yeah, this was a great move for the Grizzlies. A move that finally sorts out the depth problem with their big men, and gives them a fairly deep second unit. Koufos could start for many NBA teams. Having him come off the bench is a great luxury for the Grizzlies. This is depth is going to help come playoff time for sure. Now onto the other move, the signing of Mike Miller. The fact that the battle to sign Miller became a “sweepstakes” of sorts shows just how valuable three-point shooting has become in the NBA, especially in the playoffs. There are plenty of role players, who can hit threes at a rate similar to Miller, but few are as reliable, and few of them have two rings. One concern is how the Grizzlies can find ways to play Miller and Quincy Pondexter at the same time. Miller and Pondexter are the best three-point shooters on the team, and their ability to space the floor could give us a Grizzlies offense that we've never seen before. One that doesn't struggle so much to find spacing, and one that doesn't get bullied in the post the way it did in the Western Conference Finals. The problem is Miller and Quincy essentially play the same position, and it may difficult for coach Joerger to find a lineup where they are on the court together, especially if he values always having either Tony Allen or Tayshaun Prince on the court due to the defense they provide. All in all, this was a great signing for the Grizzlies. Miller is the exact type of role player they've needed, and if he has even a little left in the tank, he’ll go a long way in helping the Grizzlies with their shooting problem. Meanwhile, with the Koufos trade, there’s a strong case to be made that the Grizzlies have both the best center in the league, and now the best backup center. The Grizzlies have very quietly gotten better this offseason, and they will be a force to contend with once again. If the rest of the basketball world doesn't want to talk about that, it’s their loss.