The Memphis Grizzlies have had some roster spots to play with since last month’s trade deadline, more notably after waiving Jordan Bell and Dion Waiters. As 10-day’s make the roster situation more fluid, the Grizzlies made a move today to solidify a roster spot for training camp next season.
Jontay Porter, a rookie F/C out of Missouri, has signed a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Porter rehabbed two separate knee injuries, but has progressed well and is expected to be ready for training camp next season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 8, 2020
Jontay Porter has gotten any NBA run yet, as he’s been recovering from knee surgeries since departing from University of Missouri. In college, Porter averaged 9.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.7 blocks, while shooting 43.7% from the field (7.2 attempts per game) and 36.4% from 3 (3.3 attempts per game).
In pre-draft scouting, he was lauded for his playmaking potential as a big man, as he was a highly-skilled big man and shooter that uses his IQ to make things happen in the half court.
Despite the injury history, he’s still a good young player for the Grizzlies to take a flier on. In both the 2018 and 2019 drafts, he was considered a first-round prospect, with the potential to become a lottery one.
If Porter can stay healthy, he could become a nice insurance big man for this young Grizzlies team.