The Memphis Grizzlies lost their backup point guard today, and it didn’t take them long to (possibly) find a new one:
Tyus Jones‘ offer sheet with Memphis: Three years, $24M, league sources said. https://t.co/7gNliYW5hy— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 8, 2019
Some people will think this is an overpay for Tyus Jones, but it’s ultimately the price you pay with restricted free agents. If you’re too conservative with your offer sheet, odds are the incumbent team will match. Overpay or not though, this was a nice move for the Grizzlies.
Jones, a four-year veteran, totaled career-high’s in PPG (6.9), APG (4.8), and MPG (22.8). Those numbers aren’t exactly eye-popping, but those stats are quite productive for a third point guard, as he was slotted behind Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose.
This deal was similar to the one Delon Wright received from Dallas, so it might lead you to question why they didn’t just keep him instead. However, the sign-and-trade gave them flexibility to make this move, as well as 2 second-round picks. When you factor in the extra assets, and Jones’ age (23, four years younger than Wright) and superior shooting, it’s makes this set of moves another win for the Grizzlies front office.
Hopefully, the Minnesota Timberwolves don’t match.
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