The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that they have waived guard Andrew Harrison. Harrison had only played in 1 game so far this season, as Shelvin Mack took over backup point guard duties. The writing was on the wall for Harrison the second the Grizzlies drafted Jevon Carter with the 32nd pick in last years draft. The Grizzlies save $1.5 Million since Harrison’s contract was not guaranteed.
Harrison averaged 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his 129 games with the Grizzlies. Harrison came on strong in the second half of last season, averaging 15.6 points, 3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in February. Ultimately with Shelvin Mack eating up all the backup minutes at point guard and with Jevon Carter the potential point guard of the future, there was no use for Harrison anymore. It’s a disappointing end to his Grizzlies tenure for Harrison, who had developed and improved greatly from his rookie to his sophomore season. Although his Grizzlies tenure is over, I wouldn’t be surprised if Harrison latches on with one of the teams that has needs at the point guard position. Be on the lookout for Orlando, San Antonio or Phoenix to reach out to the 24 year-old out of Kentucky.
The Grizzlies now have an open roster spot, with speculation they could go after a big to offset the injured JaMychal Green. Grizzly Bear Blue’s Greg Ratliff conveniently highlighted some potential big men who could fill the roster spot created by Harrison being waived.
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