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Report: Brandan Wright to sign with Grizzlies, who might face hard cap

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MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 21: Brandan Wright #34 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots a layup against Marc Gasol #33 and Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies on December 21, 2012 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Grizzlies seem likely to bring back Marc Gasol.

They’ve probably just agreed to terms with his backup – or, worst-case scenario, his replacement.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

It sounds as if the Grizzlies used the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, which would hard cap them at a projected $85.6 million.

The taxpayer MLE can be worth up to $17,129,640 over three years. The non-taxpayer MLE – which would not trigger a hard cap – maxes out at $10,276,530 over three years.

They’ll still have plenty of leeway to give Gasol a max contract, but this could make it a tighter fit to re-sign Kosta Koufos. I doubt that’s a worry, though. Wright seems to be Koufos’ replacement as the backup center.

In the unlikely event Gasol leaves, Memphis would have cap space to sign Wright and therefore wouldn’t have to worry about the hard cap. So with Wright starting in that scenario, re-signing Koufos wouldn’t be a problem.

The Grizzlies are positioning themselves as well as possible whether Gasol stays or leaves. Of course, it’d be a lot better for them if he stays.