MEMPHIS — With injuries, it’s next man up in Memphis.
The Memphis Grizzlies are getting some help for their injury woes.
With help from the NBA’s hardship rule, General Manager Chris Wallace announced the Grizzlies has signed guard Toney Douglas.
According to the Grizzlies’ press release, during his seven-year stint in the NBA, Douglas has appeared in 370 regular season games (65 starts) and averaged 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 19.2 minutes with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, and New Orleans Pelicans.
Douglas spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the preseason, but was released just before the 2016-17 regular season began.
Last season, Douglas played in 61 games with New Orleans and averaged 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 20.7 minutes while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 39.9 percent from three-point range, and 84.8 percent from the free throw line. He started 18 of those 61 games, so he’s used to stepping up when his name is called.
The signing of Douglas makes sense in a lot of ways. With the injury to Mike Conley, Memphis needed another veteran presence at point guard. Douglas also gives head coach David Fizdale another option in the backcourt just in case Andrew Harrison or Wade Baldwin struggle. Douglas can eat minutes where necessary and serve as a safety net for then the rookies fall.
Douglas also reunites with Fizdale, who coached him as an assistant coach during his stint in Miami in 2013.