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Report: Grizz Decline Qualifying Offers's on Leuer & Daye


According to Chris Herrington of the Memphis Flyer, the Memphis Grizzlies have declined to extend qualifying offers to both Jon Leuer and Austin Daye making both players unrestricted free agents.

Jon Leuer, who was acquired in the salary dump trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, will likely return to the Grizzlies on a "multi-year deal with team options that would start a little below Leuer's qualifying offer for next season" according to Herrington. Leuer never cracked the rotation due to the depth at the forward position, but there's a chance he could return and play a Matt Bonner-esque roll in 2013.

As for Austin Daye, who was acquired in the three-team trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, it was a forgone conclusion that the Grizzlies would allow him to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, especially at a $4 million pricetag. Daye struggled during his time with the Memphis Grizzlies. As a "shooter" Daye shot the ball at a 34 percent clip during what was basically a 31 game try-out for next season.

The Grizzlies will now put all of their focus in re-signing Tony Allen. There have been reports of other teams (Denver, LAC, Milwaukee, etc.) being interested, but it's fair to say that the Griz have the ball in their court when it comes to TA. If they choose to move on from Allen, the Grizz will try their hand in signing a guard that can improve the teams shooting such as a Kevin Martin, Kyle Korver or Martell Webster.