We’ve talked a lot about Nick Calathes already this offseason, from the trade for his rights, to thinking about his potential, to the news that he’s likely joining the team. Today, though, Calathes has been officially signed to the Grizzlies on a two year deal.
Memphis #Grizzlies have also announced the signing of Nick Calathes (6-6, 213). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
— Local 24 News (@LocalMemphis) August 20, 2013
There’s not too much to say on Calathes that hasn’t been said already, other than it’s nice that he’s officially on the team. Here’s some things that have already been said on Calathes:
Calathes has already made a name for himself overseas, and, at 24, he still has time to improve as a player. Additionally, Calathes and newly acquired Grizzlies center Kosta Koufos played together on the Greek national team in 2009 and 2011.
Maybe Calathes isn’t the perfect backup point guard, but honestly, it’s hard to know since he has yet to spend any time in the NBA. At the very least, it’s better than nothing, and at best, it could be a wonderful steal of a deal. And remember, the EuroLeague MVP one season before Calathes was Rockets-force-of-nature Patrick Beverly, so that should be encouraging.
Still, while I’m sure most would rather have seen an established NBA name subbing in for Conley, Calathes is an awfully good choice to settle for. And at his current price point, it’s not like the Grizzlies are shouldering any great financial risk. Certainly a pure point guard is a better backup solution than Jerryd Bayless. I also think Calathes will be more suited to the offensive system than Keyon Dooling was and, with his experience, more reliable than Tony Wroten. We’ll know soon enough.