There are two interesting stories about the future of two back up point guards for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Yesterday, a report out of a Spanish website encestando.com reported that Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes was interested in leaving the NBA and going to Europe to join either Panathinaikos, the Greek club he was apart of before his time with the Grizzlies, or Barcelona.
Here are some pertinent quotes...run through Google's Spanish language translator, for your enjoyment...
There are many names that come and are offered to those responsible for the Barca team. Nick Calathes is one of them. The Greek foundation [I think they mean "guard"] seems to want to leave the NBA after completing his contract in the Memphis Grizzlies, where he was the backup point guard and had 14 minutes on average this season. During the last Final Four his agent he said so to various European clubs and offered his services. The foundation has declared this afternoon that want to follow, so you have to see how it all
Two European clubs who seem more interested if he returns, Panathinaikos, where he played since 2009 to 2012, and Barcelona, as we indicated on Monday. There is also talk of Fenerbahce. Calathes has Greek and American nationality and not abroad but occupy space community, which is key to the club while the procurement framework is clarified for the coming years
This is a terrible translation...but you can get the gist.
A second article appeared on Sportnado.com that reported that Fenerbahce, a basketball team in Turkey, was interested in Calathes as well.
Calathes took to hoopshype.com to refute these reports, saying he is not interested in returning to Europe and is committed to the NBA.
Nick Calathes in an RFA this offseason with a 1.4 million dollar qualifying offer to resign with the Grizzlies. He will surely make more money than that if he goes to Europe, but I still think he has a future in the NBA. While I do not think he will be back with the Grizzlies due to Beno's playing time and the need to see what the team has in Russ Smith, I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up back overseas.
In news today, Beno Udrih will have ankle surgery and will not play in Eurobasket 2015 for Team Slovenia this summer. Anyone who watched Beno played late in the season had to know that he was nursing an injury. Hopefully this will encourage some rest and recharging for next season.