There is one thing that this week has proven to be true about the Memphis Grizzlies.
When they find a player that meets their preferences, they will invest in him for the long haul.
Less than 24 hours after resigning De’Anthony Melton and John Konchar to four-year contracts, the Grizzlies once again continued adding to their talented and versatile depth for the foreseeable future by resigning restricted free agent Jontay Porter.
Restricted free agent F Jontay Porter has agreed to a three-year, $6M deal to stay with the Memphis Grizzlies, agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of @PrioritySports tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2020
The three-year, $6M deal for Porter is similar in setup to the deal Konchar signed yesterday. The deal allows the Grizzlies to keep Porter in Memphis for years to come. Porter will likely start as an end of the bench option this season, with the hope that future development could allow for him to evolve into a valuable reserve and rotation piece in time.
After adding Xavier Tillman and Killian Tillie to the franchise during the NBA draft on Wednesday night, it may be a bit of a surprise that the Grizzlies made a multi-year commitment to Porter. Though Porter has not played competitively since the 2017-2018 NCAA season due to injuries, his skill set and versatility matches the preferences Memphis values in its frontcourt. Porter’s advanced metrics at Missouri were highly comparable to those of Tillman, Tillie, and Brandon Clarke during their final college years. Porter also offers significant potential as a secondary playmaker and shooter from distance as a big, two areas of need for Memphis. He certainly has the ability to make his contract a bargain in time.
Another byproduct of resigning Porter is now the Grizzlies have more players under contract than roster spots. A few players could be waived or have their contracts bought out in the near future, or potential trade(s) could also happen to trim the roster. While a significant move is unlikely, it is not out of the question that Memphis could make another intriguing move in the near future.