According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Memphis Grizzlies plan on signing forward Jarrod Uthoff to a 10-day contract.
The Grizzlies have lacked depth down low after the recent injuries to Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke, so they are looking to the Hustle standout to provide some depth while those two rehab.
Uthoff has averaged a double-double for the Hustle this season with 18.9 points per game to go along with 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Uthoff is a floor spacing big man who has shot over 36% from beyond the arc on the season on decent volume. Uthoff is also a sneaky good defender, averaging 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. It will be interesting to see how Uthoff handles the bigger bodies in the NBA but he at least figures to be solid offensive depth and should allow the Grizzlies to better space the floor with their other big men not being great three-point shooters.
The Grizzlies will have to make a roster move as they are currently at the maximum of 15 players on the active roster. Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports (and various other sites) provides an interesting way the Grizzlies could add Uthoff without making a roster cut.
I wonder if the Grizzlies are cutting Dusty Hannahs early or waiting until his 10 Day is up to being in Jarrod Uthoff.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 27, 2020
Memphis could also eventually apply for a hardship exception since they are without 4 players now. Once Clarke misses his third game, the Grizzlies are eligible.
Dusty Hannahs figures to be the easy cut should the Grizzlies decide to go that direction in making room for Uthoff. In 2 games since being signed to a 10-day contract last week, Hannahs has averaged 6 points for the Grizzlies while shooting 44% from the floor. If Hannahs indeed is the cut, it will be rather unfortunate as it will be the second season in a row that Hannahs will have a 10-day cut short due to the Grizzlies having to sign a big man for depth.
Regardless, it’s cool to see the Grizzlies reward their G-League standouts for their hard work with the Hustle with NBA contracts.
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