According to multiple reports, including Michael Wallace of Grind City Media and Peter Edmiston of The Athletic Memphis, the Memphis Grizzlies have officially signed forward Bruno Caboclo to a contract that guarantees his salary for the rest of the season and also keeps him with the Grizzlies heading in to the 2019-2020 campaign.
Just spoke with Bruno Caboclo who confirmed to me he expects to sign a multi-year contract with the Grizzlies once his 10-day expires at midnight.— Peter Edmiston (@peteredmiston) February 13, 2019
The @memgrizz are signing forward Bruno Caboclo to a multiyear deal that includes the rest of this season and next season, I'm told. Deal comes after Bruno concluded his second 10-day contract in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs. Bruno averaged 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg & 1.2bpg in 9 MEM games. pic.twitter.com/vCIb2ygcJF— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) February 13, 2019
Caboclo started out this season as a member of Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G-League, where he averaged 16.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.04 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.14 steals in 28.3 minutes per game. He was recently named to the Mid-Season All-G-League Western Conference team, but his days in the G-League are over (for now). In 10 games for the Grizzlies. Bruno has averaged 21.1 minutes played per game, scoring 6.1 points per game on 33.3% shooting from the floor. Caboclo is also averaging 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game during that stretch.
As Edmiston mentions on his Twitter feed, this deal is essentially the same contract that the Grizzlies signed MarShon Brooks to last year. The difference this time around, however, is an investment in physical tools and youth. MarShon was getting buckets for an awful team trying to be awful, and at his age (now 30) he is pretty close to a finished product as a professional basketball player. Bruno, on the other hand, is 23 years old and has remarkable physical gifts, like an awe-inspiring 7’7” wing span, that can potentially be molded and crafted. Bruno the power forward? Bruno the center, even? The possibilities are there, and that versatility makes this a low-risk, high-reward type of signing for a team looking for diamonds in the rough.
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