Late Thursday night, Yahoo’s Shams Charania dropped a Shams Bomb, Grizzlies edition. The Memphis Grizzlies and guard MarShon Brooks agreed to a two-year deal.
Sources: Grizzlies guard MarShon Brooks has agreed to a guaranteed two-year deal with Memphis. Brooks has scored 70 points over three games in his first 10-day contract.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 6, 2018
MarShon Brooks signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies last week and made the most of it. He has scored a combined 70 points in the three games he has played with Memphis. This is a remarkable turnaround because, before this, he had not played in the NBA in four years. He had been playing for the Jiangsu Dragons in China since 2015.
This is where the questions come on this contract.
The positives from this are that he has been scoring in bunches and has outperformed any expectations people had with him before the 10-day contract. Another thought is that this two-year contract will most likely fall around the minimum offer. I cannot imagine the specifics of this contract being anything too crazy in dollar amounts. It will be a cheap gamble.
The negative from this deal is that his success may not be sustainable. Brooks is playing out of his mind right now, so it will be a real question of if he can continue it into next year. We have to remember, this guy just spent four years in China not playing well enough to make it into the league.
Either way, it could be a nice insurance policy of a score-first player if the Grizzlies cannot sign Tyreke Evans this offseason. Brooks will most likely come off the bench on a healthy Memphis team. He will be a guy that gets buckets for himself, and that is never is a bad thing with a second unit. Hopefully, the Grizzlies can develop him more this summer, and he can prove all 29 other teams wrong for passing on the opportunity to sign him for the past four years.
All in all, it is a great story of someone who worked hard to get back into the league, and at the very minimum, he needs to be commended for that. And, hey, maybe now he will stop scoring 30 points a game while single handily trying to win games for the Grizzlies (only kind of kidding).