Jordan Adams and DJ Stephens have been released by the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.
The Memphis Grizzlies will cut Jordan Adams and DJ Stephens, league sources inform The Salt Lake Tribune— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) October 22, 2016
The Grizzlies and other media outlets have not yet confirmed the possible roster moves. If the report holds true, this is a bit of a surprise. Stephens, a fan favorite with extraordinary athleticism and highlight reel dunks, has grown as an all-around player and played well for stretches both in summer league and in the preseason. While improvement was evident, it must not have been enough in the eyes of the Grizzlies coaching staff.
Adams, meanwhile, goes down as yet another Grizzlies First Round pick that did not pan out, although in this case health is a major reason. When healthy, Adams showed the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways- attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line, creating off the dribble, and even from three point land on his way to 39% shooting for his Grizzlies career.
The only problem with that is, he only took 26 shots in 32 games during his career for Memphis. He simply was not able to get on/stay on the floor long enough to showcase his skills, and the Grizzlies had ready and able bodies who have shown real potential, like Troy Williams, who are opening eyes and showing real versatility that can perhaps help the new-look Grizzlies under new Head Coach David Fizdale down the road.
While I did not think Memphis would make this move, I had hoped that they would, as Williams is ready now and Adams has not shown he can stay healthy to this point. Stick with GBB as we get closer to the deadline of Monday for finalizing the roster. As it stands, the Grizzlies have three more players to waive to get to the league mandated 15 on the regular season roster.