The Memphis Grizzlies are bound for the NBA Playoffs with their deep frontcourt led by Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol paving the way, as has the solid play of Mike Conley down the stretch. The Grizzlies have also had a relatively deep rotation of players that have given them solid contributions down the stretch and throughout the season.
That didn’t stop the Grizzlies from signing two players, one from free agency and the other from the NBA Developmental League on Wednesday afternoon. Memphis signed forward Donte Green out of free agency and center Willie Reed from the NBA Developmental League. Though many players that would be picked up at this time of year would not be, both players are eligible for the postseason because they were not on an NBA roster after March 1.
Green hasn’t played in the NBA all year due to an injury in the off-season, but averaged 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game and shot 40.6 percent from the floor in 253 career games. In the D-League this year, Reed has averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while also leading the league in blocks, notching 83 total blocked shots on the season.
Though both of these players still have a chance to make some noise in the league as young players, it doesn’t seem like this is going to be the year. The Grizzlies are a healthy team right now with a set rotation. It’s not likely that they would disrupt that rotation for two new signees. If anything, Green and Reed are insurance policies for the playoffs in case the Grizzlies fall victim to some injuries.