Toney Douglas has reportedly been waived.
That part is not as surprising. Douglas has fallen out of the rotation of late for the Memphis Grizzlies, and Andrew Harrison has seen increased minutes and has performed better than he did earlier in the season.
The surprising part is who the Grizzlies picked up.
Here at GBB and elsewhere Omri Casspi was believed to be a Grizzlies target, considering Marc Stein of ESPN reported as much. But Shams Charania of The Vertical has reported that Memphis is going in a younger, more explosive direction.
The Memphis Grizzlies are signing Pelicans free agent Wayne Selden, releasing guard Toney Douglas, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 18, 2017
Selden isn’t as accomplished as Casspi, of course. But Selden is 22 to Casspi’s 28 and fills a more immediate need for the Grizzlies. Memphis is pretty deep already in their front court- Marc Gasol, Brandan Wright, Zach Randolph, and JaMychal Green will get those minutes heading in to the playoffs. Casspi is a bigger wing at 6’9” and while he would be a definitive Chandler Parsons replacement in the here and now, perhaps the Grizzlies are thinking ahead a bit and looking to develop more that put on a band-aid.
Or perhaps Casspi isn’t interested in coming to Memphis. Either way, that ship has likely sailed.
Selden scored 11 points in 19 minutes of play last night for New Orleans, making 3 of 4 three point attempts while on a ten-day contract with the Pelicans. And don’t forget, Selden started this season with the Grizzlies. He was waived during training camp and was added to the Iowa Energy, where in 35 games (21 as a starter) he averaged 18.6 points per game on almost 45% shooting and 35% from beyond the arc.
Beyond that, he has shown the ability to create for others-
And the ability to elevate and play above the rim.
Selden could potentially be another option on a night where Troy Daniels is struggling defensively. Daniels is a better shooter, but Selden has the athleticism to be a more complete two-way player and not such a liability on the defensive end of the floor.
Andrew Harrison becomes the true back-up point guard to Mike Conley, James Ennis likely remains the first and main wing off the bench for the Grizzlies, and now Daniels and Selden appear ready to be in the mix while building a roster with another younger piece. Considering the Grizzlies draft pick and cap situation, that may be the best thing for Memphis long term.
The Grizzlies take on San Antonio Saturday night in Memphis.
UPDATE- The Grizzlies have officially announced the signing. The deal with Selden is a multi-year contract.