The Memphis Grizzlies made a shrewd and important pickup, bringing back James Ennis on a two year, 6 million dollar deal. Back in March, the Grizzlies waived Ennis (whom they'd acquired from Miami in the Beno trade), greatly upsetting staff writer Kevin Yeung. He lamented the lack of playing time offered to rotational prospects, and warned we'd rue the day we let a diamond in the rough slip through our fingers.
The Grizzlies are getting a second chance with James Ennis, and he fills out much needed depth at the wing for an inexpensive contract. With the Grizzlies doling out huge salaries for players like Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, and Chandler Parsons, they'll need to sign players who will outperform their contract. There's reason to believe James Ennis could be one of those guys. After leaving the Grizzlies, Ennis signed several 10-day contracts with New Orleans, who eventually signed him to the rest of the season.
I don't remember Ennis doing much of anything in Memphis, but he finished the season strong with the Pelicans. We're going off a very small sample size, but Ennis put up impressive numbers in the 9 games he played with New Orleans. With higher usage and increased playing time (31 minutes per game), he averaged 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.3 steals. Ennis capped off the season in tremendous fashion, scoring 29 and 28 points in the Pelicans' final two games.
I hope new head coach David Fizdale finds some quality minutes for Ennis this upcoming season. They know each other from their overlapping stints in Miami, so that means they're best friends right? In any case, I'd like to see more playing time for the Grizzlies' new additions, both for development and in an attempt to promote roster health going into the playoffs.