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Insurance Policy? Grizzlies Sign Kalin Lucas

With Mike Conley ailing with a bum ankle and Nick Calathes still serving his suspension, the Memphis Grizzlies signed Kalin Lucas to the roster Tuesday.

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Just because the Grizzlies are 4-0 doesn't mean all is sunshine and rainbows on Beale Street.

Mike Conley has been dealing with an ankle injury that he apparently re-aggravated last night. Even though our very own Chip Williams emerged from the game and Grizzlies' locker room with this report... never hurts to have an insurance policy, a plan B when plan A goes down. Given that Nick Calathes is out for the next 7 games finishing out his suspension, that would leave Beno Udrih as the only available PG on the Grizzlies' roster (sorry, Jordan Adams and Courtney Lee do not count). The insurance policy will come in the form of Kalin Lucas. From the Grizzlies' press release, which you can find in full here-

...Lucas (6-1, 186) recently averaged 3.1 points and 1.0 assists on .429 shooting in 7.9 minutes in eight preseason games for Memphis. The 25-year-old, who also played for the Grizzlies in the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League, was originally signed on Sept. 25 and waived on Oct. 25.

Last season, Lucas posted 15.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 29.0 minutes in 29 games (20 starts) for the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy, now exclusively affiliated with the Grizzlies. Lucas had returned to the Energy following his preseason stint with the Grizzlies....

The Grizzlies' roster now stands at 15, and whether or not the deal was guaranteed for the whole season was not available as of this posting. Lucas, a player who is familiar with the Grizzlies' system, is almost certainly just a contingency plan in case Conley's ankle takes a turn (pardon the pun) for the worst in the coming days leading to Calathes' return. Conley's status for Wednesday night's contest in Phoenix against the Suns will be worth watching over the next 24 hours.

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