The Memphis Grizzlies officially announced today that rookie point guard Wade Baldwin IV has been assigned to the Iowa Energy, the D-League affiliate for the Grizzlies. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports that the the Grizzlies want Baldwin, who has recently fallen out of the rotation in Memphis, to get game time experience. The best place for him to get that right now, as the Grizzlies get a bit healthier with Tony Allen’s return to the active roster, is with the Energy right now.
Grizzlies rookie Wade Baldwin will join the D-League Iowa Energy for a four-game road trip. Memphis wants... https://t.co/soAfw4PpPq— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 20, 2016
The timing of this works well for Memphis. Andrew Harrison has shown the potential on both ends of the floor to be a productive part of an NBA rotation. He has played 20+ minutes in nine of thirteen games so far for the Grizzlies so far this season, having defended Chris Paul very well and has been a +48 for Memphis over the Grizzlies current four-game winning streak. Harrison is nowhere near perfect (he is shooting 31.8% from the field overall, 21.9% from three), but his size and versatility have served him well to this point.
This is surely not the last we will hear from Wade Baldwin IV this season. It is simply a chance for him to get live work and get his confidence up. He is on the outside of the rotation for now, but the 6’4” guard from Vanderbilt is 20 years old and has shown flashes of real potential. Harrison simply is better right now, and there is no room for Baldwin at the moment to get game minutes. That likely will not always be the case.
It is a lesson to learn for the young Grizzly- you must continue to carry yourself professionally and get better every day, or someone will beat you out.