It's been a busy summer for the Memphis Grizzlies, as their process of transition away from the "Grit and Grind" era while remaining competitive carries on. Mike Conley's return, Chandler Parsons' signing, and the sign-and-trade for Troy Daniels (just yesterday) have come and gone, and today the Grizzlies completed two other pieces of business. This time, it was with two of the young talents they acquired in the 2nd round of the past two NBA Drafts - Andrew Harrison and Deyonta Davis.
Vertical Sources: Memphis' Deyonta Davis signing $4M rookie deal, richest guarantee for American-born 2nd-rounder. https://t.co/1QV2rsqI5w— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 10, 2016
These contracts are not overly surprising. In the case of Harrison, Memphis' 2015 second round pick played well enough with the Memphis Grizzlies' D-League affiliate the Iowa Energy last season to warrant an NBA deal. He figures to be in the mix as a potential end of the rotation player, and it will be fun to watch him play this week in the Las Vegas Summer League knowing he is solidly in Memphis' future plans. His contract (3 years, $3 million, according to The Vertical) is a great value as well.
Speaking of value, the 31st overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Deyonta Davis, was believed to be a lottery-level talent that slipped to the Grizzlies as they completed their trade with the Boston Celtics. Davis' contract is so large for a 2nd round pick for several reasons - as Charania reports, the Grizzlies are able to now retain his Bird rights when his contract expires, meaning they can go over the salary cap to re-sign him in the future. It also allows for Davis to re-enter the market as a free agent earlier than a first round pick would, depending on team options, and the contract means Davis will make more money this season than if he were selected 16th overall in this past year's draft.
So perhaps falling out of the lottery doesn't hurt as bad today for Davis. Unfortunately, the Plantar Fasciitis that is keeping him out of Summer League probably hurts a good bit. Sadly we likely won't get to see Davis perform until the preseason.
The Grizzlies surely aren't done with roster moves, as they must part with a player in order to make the 15-man maximum roster. That doesn't have to be done until October, however, so Memphis has time to explore possible trades and other options that may be available to them.
Stick with GBB as the offseason continues to grind on.