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Decision Looming Over Ivan Rabb’s Future In Memphis

Through two preseason games, Ivan Rabb has only seen eight minutes of game action. What does this mean for his future in Memphis?

2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Memphis Grizzlies v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

Memphis Grizzlies 2017 second round draft pick Ivan Rabb might be seeing his time with the Grizzlies come to a close in Memphis, after three seasons in Beale Street Blue.

Tuesday night, the Grizzlies took on the New Zealand Breakers at FedEx Forum in Memphis. Overall we learned a bit more about the new-look Grizzlies in their second game in action. Some good, and for Ivan Rabb some bad.

For Rabb, he saw eight minutes of action in their Sunday afternoon 123-88 win Maccabi Haifa. Rabb saw those minutes in the final quarter of action Sunday, and only tallied four points on 2/2 shooting.

Maccabi Haifa v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Rabb didn’t see the floor on Tuesday night at all. He was sitting on the bench just staring into the crowd, and looked to be thinking about a lot. Probably wondering why he was replaced in the rotation with Bruno Caboclo. Trying to figure out where it went wrong for him and the Grizzlies is tough to pinpoint, but it is decision time for the front office.


Rabb and the Grizzlies were facing this same decision back in July during Las Vegas Summer League, but the two sides decided to push the deadline to the middle of October.

Here we sit in October, and Rabb is clearly the third big man in the Grizzlies rotation. Not seeing any action on Tuesday night, and with the deadline approaching - it seems Rabb’s time in Memphis is nearing a close.

With the addition of Grizzlies 2019 1st round pick Brandon Clarke, it seems that Rabb will no longer be needed on this roster.

If the Grizzlies decide to waive Rabb’s one year deal for this upcoming season on October 15th, his journey in Memphis has been a rollercoaster. Ivan came in right at the end of the Grit ‘N’ Grind era, so a good portion of his time Rabb was in the G-League with the Memphis Hustle. When Ivan was up with the Grizzlies, even being undersized for his position, showed that he could hang in the paint to grab rebounds.

2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Day 5 Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

If Rabb were to get cut, he finishes his two seasons with the Grizzlies averaging 5.7 PPG and 4.3 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game. Ivan’s role was small, but Memphis bet on his potential. There is something still there for Rabb and his future in the NBA, but it his time in Memphis is likely done.