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Memphis Grizzlies sign Tyler Zeller for rest of season

After a slew of injuries to their big men, the Grizzlies sign the journeyman center

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The Memphis Grizzlies have signed free agent center Tyler Zeller to a contract through the rest of the season, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski earlier this morning.

To make room for Zeller, the Grizzlies are waiving Dusty Hannahs who was on a 10-day contract after an excellent season with the Memphis Hustle.

Zeller has only played in two games this season when he signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks in mid-March. Over his career, Zeller has averaged 6.9 4.4 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game in 408 career games. Zeller has been in the league since the 2012-2013 season and had his best season in 2014 with the Boston Celtics. That year he averaged 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Zeller has been a journeyman most of his NBA career, with the Grizzlies being his 6th team in 7 seasons.

The Grizzlies are signing Zeller after Ivan Rabb and Bruno Caboclo were the lone “bigs” on the roster in Wednesday night’s matchup against the Trail Blazers. Zeller is essentially getting a 4 game tryout for the Grizz as Joakim Noah, Jonas Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson Jr. have all been out due to injury.

It’s unfortunate for Dusty Hannahs, whose 10-day contract was cut short to make room for Zeller. Hannah’s tweeted Thursday afternoon that he had been waived by the Grizzlies, but nobody knew the Grizzlies corresponding move until Woj’s tweet earlier today.

It will be interesting to see exactly how much run Zeller gets with the Grizzlies with 4 games left on the season and Noah seemingly nearing a comeback from his knee injury that has caused him to miss the Grizzlies past 5 games. With Noah available or not, Zeller will be nice frontcourt depth addition that can play physical down low with other bigs. Zeller should be especially useful against the Pistons, matching up with the bruising Andre Drummond.

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