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Report: Memphis Claims Josh Akognon Off Waivers

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Memphis Grizzlies have claimed 5'11 guard Josh Akognon off waivers.

After splitting his college career between Washington State and CS-Fullerton, Akognon spent time overseas playing for the DongGuan Leopards where he averaged astounding numbers of 29.2 points during the 2011 season and 28.2 points in 2012.

Most recently, Akognon played with the Dallas Mavericks team during the Las Vegas Summer League tournament where he led the team in scoring averaging 17.5 points per game on 41 percent shooting (39 percent from three).

Chris Herrington of the Memphis Flyer reports the deal will be non-guaranteed. There's no guarantee Akognon will be on the roster come October, but the moves allows the front office to keep their front options open. More importantly it may light a fire under second year player Tony Wroten as the management may not be sold on him as the backup point guard going forward.

This move puts the Grizz roster at 14, 15 if Nick Calathes is bought out of his overseas contract. Stein noted that this move is unrelated to the pursuit of Mike Miller, but if the team eventually signs Mike the team will be forced to cut/waive a player as 15 is the league roster limit.