The Memphis Grizzlies have made it clear that Dillon Brooks is not a part of their future. Recent reports have swirled about their intentions to cut ties with the six-year veteran.
Desmond Bane, who shared a locker room with Brooks for three years, was asked about his sentiments on Memphis moving on from the polarizing swingman during his recent appearance on Stephen A. Smith's broadcast of Suns-Nuggets Game 3.
“First and foremost, we've all got a bunch of love for Dillon. He's one of the first guys in, last guys to leave. I don't think it's hard to see what type of competitor he is and what type of effort he lays out on the line every night.
“Things like this happen. It's part of the business,” the Grizzlies star continued.
"We all got a bunch of love for Dillon… Things like this happen. It's part of the business… I wish him the best… I'll be rooting for him as long as he's not in the Western Conference."
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It remains to be seen what the future has in store for Brooks. His outspoken demeanor may have teams hesitant to bring him into their locker rooms. His play also leaves something to be desired as many regard him as an inefficient scorer with a shaky shot selection. Brooks shot 41.6 percent from the field in six seasons with Memphis and was at a career-low 39.6 percent during 2022-23 and dipped to 31.2 percent in the playoffs.
But perhaps his strong perimeter defense and the mental toughness he brings would still entice a few NBA execs. Bane just hopes it's in the East.
“Whatever happens, I wish him the best. … I'll be rooting for him as long as he's not in the Western Conference.”