According to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Grizzlies have waived second-year shooting guard Jamaal Franklin.
Griz waived second-year guard Jamaal Franklin today using stretch provision, per source. CA story coming...— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) August 31, 2014
Drafted 41st overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, Franklin was looked at as a steal by many for Memphis. Leading up to the draft, many pundits labeled Franklin as a first-round talent, with some claiming he was worthy of a lottery pick, but his ability to shoot the ball forced him to fall into Memphis' hands.
During his rookie season, Franklin had few chances to prove worthy of significant minutes due to depth at the wing position--Jerryd Bayless/Courtney Lee, Quincy Pondexter, Mike Miller, Tony Allen, James Johnson, Tayshaun Prince--which eventually led to Franklin spending time in the NBA Development League.
According to radio talent Chris Vernon, the Grizzlies will use the roster spot opened by waiving Franklin on a point guard to compensate for the expected loss for Nick Calathes due to a suspension served last postseason--Jordan Adams' presence also played a heavy role here as well as Franklin's struggles during the Orlando Summer League.
Grizzlies waived Jamaal Franklin cause drafted Jordan Adams, and need that roster spot. Will have to have 3rd pg with Calathes suspended— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) August 31, 2014
Last season, Franklin averaged 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.