MEMPHIS - It took the Memphis Grizzlies exactly one day to waive newly acquired forward JaKarr Sampson.
Things change quick in the NBA.
Along with Sampson, the Grizzlies also waived Wayne Selden Jr. and hometown favorite D.J. Stephens, putting the Memphis active roster at 17 players.
Sampson signed with Memphis on Oct. 21, but did not appear in a preseason game with the Grizzlies. He competed in one preseason game for the Denver Nuggets, totaling 10 points and three rebounds in 20 minutes. Sampson was waived by Denver on Oct. 15.
Selden, the undrafted rookie out of Kansas, who joined Memphis on Aug. 8, competed in five preseason games (one start) for the Grizzlies — and averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 18.6 minutes per game.
Stephens, the University of Memphis product, signed with the Grizzlies on Aug. 8. He appeared in five preseason contests — starting in one of them for Memhpis. Stephens averaged 9.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.40 steals in 23.5 minutes of play.
Players getting cut is one of the bad aspects of sports. But we must move forward. With Selden and Stephens likely heading to the NBA D-League, Troy Williams is likely to remain on the roster, barring any setbacks. The former Indiana Hoosier led all rookies in scoring at 13.2 per game.
The next wave of cuts will probably include Matt Costello.
The waiving of Stephens comes at bit of a surprise, but I fully expect that he and Selden will get a chance in the D-League.