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E’Twaun Moore - Guard, Purdue University

31 years old, 6’4”, 191 pounds, 6’9” wingspan

DRAFT: 2nd Round, 55th Overall by Boston in 2011 NBA Draft

NBA EXPERIENCE: 9 years with 4 teams (Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans)

CAREER STATS: 571 games played, 190 starts, 8.1 points per game in 21.3 minutes per game, 2.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 45.5% field goal percentage, 39% three point shooting, 74% free throw shooting, 52.1% effective field goal percentage, 11.4 PER, .057 win shares per 48 minutes.

2019-2020 HIGHLIGHTS

Early on in E’Twaun Moore’s career, it felt like he was on the path to being a journeyman in the NBA who would find spots in some team’s rotation, but nothing more. He played for three teams in his first five seasons before signing a four-year deal with the Pelicans. His two seasons in Orlando were solid, but his second year in Chicago was when he developed his three-point stroke (a career-high 45%).

During his time with the Pelicans he came into his own as an important piece of their rotation, even starting 80 out of 82 games in the 2017-18 season. He thrived while playing as an undersized 3.

Unfortunately for Moore, the Pelicans added new pieces in the off-season last year squeezing him out of the rotation at times. He averaged the fewest minutes per game in his last five seasons.

Due to his decreased role and other priorities for the Pelicans, Moore will probably be looking for a new home. Is he a fit with the Grizzlies?

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Numbers that may make Moore

3 - Moore does have the ability to get to the bucket, but would be counted on to be a 3-pt specialist. Additionally, three is the number of games out of 16 the Pelicans won when Moore did not play this season.

31 - Moore’s age. That would immediately make him the oldest player on the Grizzlies if Anthony Tolliver is not brought back. He could provide a solid veteran presence to a young team.

15.6 - Points per game Moore averaged when he started this season.

Numbers that may mean the Grizzlies pass on Moore

NBA: Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

18.2 - Minutes per game Moore averaged last season. More than two-thirds of the Grizzlies final roster averaged the same or more, making it tough for him to find that amount of playing time next season.

31 - Moore’s age. Yes, I just said his age could be a positive, but there’s no denying that he’s older by league standards. The Grizzlies have been going with youth as they build for the future.

110.3 - Moore’s defensive rating. Despite his 6’9” wingspan, Moore can potentially be a liability on defense.

Pulse of Grizz Nation

One vote! Incredible!

Just one vote separated Grizz Nation’s opinion on bringing Moore in.

Some people feel Moore could provide a cheap option for 3-point shooting and veteran leadership of the bench. Other responses point to Moore’s age and him potentially getting a few offers that would be out of the Grizzlies price range.

The Final Offer

Moore just finished up his 9th season in the NBA and has only played 21 playoff games. Something tells me he may be willing to take less money to go to a team that’s ready to contend for the Larry O’Brien now and not a few years down the road.

At the end of the day though, I’m a person that relies on the eye test, and I like what Moore could bring to the team as a glue guy with veteran leadership, as well as consistent play, and outside shooting.

The man is sneaky good at times too (you look at the box score and he’s got 14 or 16 points.)

The best part of all, I think he will be affordable enough for the Grizz.

But, the Grizzlies don’t need to overpay where it would possibly cost them a piece for their future.

I’d offer him a two-year deal at no more than $7 million total.

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