Remember the story about Kevin Durant’s Burner Accounts?
If there was a human form of that, the Grizzlies just signed him!
His name is Bruno Caboclo, and he is a Memphis Grizzly for at least 10 days according to the latest Woj BOMB (ok, more like a ripple.) Caboclo had been playing for the Houston Rockets G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Injuries to Kyle Anderson and Dillon Brooks, plus the absences of Chandler Parsons and Joakim Noah, have made the Grizzlies roster thin. As a result, minor transactions such as this were expected. Hopefully, if Caboclo can in any way show some potential, he can be needed depth for the rest of the season for the Grizzlies.
While Bruno certainly has been a complete disappointment in his NBA career, he has produced good numbers in the G League this year. Caboclo was picked 20th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors, and is considered one of the biggest draft busts of this decade. While he may not be on the level of Darko or Thabeet, we are officially past “two years away from being two years away” and still have no proof Bruno will ever become anything of value.
And that is fine.
The Grizzlies are taking absolutely no risk giving Caboclo a chance. Perhaps he shows something, and they keep him longer. Perhaps he fails, is released, and we move on to someone else. With injuries and losses piling up all around, the Grizzlies are in the position to throw some darts and see what happens.
Caboclo is a type of player to take a chance on. He has shown some ability, including G league player of the week honors. As mentioned recently, it is young players with potential the Grizzlies should give chances too. The franchise is currently in a position where no one knows what to expect, but any expectations have to be better than the present. The point is to play the young players to see what they can offer. If Memphis can find cheap sources of production by developing their youth, it will make a gloomy short-term future a bit brighter.
This is the Grizzlies first 10-day contract signing of the season. These contracts were eligible for teams to begin using on January 5th, and works as a short term answer for injuries or other reasons for player absences. At the end of 10 days, the NBA team can release or sign the player to a second 10 day contract. At the end of the second 10-day stint, the club must either release the player or sign him for the remainder of the season.
Whether Caboclo fails or succeeds, at least his name alone will make him a memorable extra in this soap opera of a season for the Grizzlies!
The thought of FedExForum rocking to the chants of “BRRRRRUUUNOOO” makes me smile. For Grizzlies fans, even if it’s highly unexpected from a Kevin Durant clone, any reason to smile is welcome. For Bruno, if he does succeed, for a guy whose draft story has been a joke for years, he can finally say it was all part of the plan.