Nick Calathes is the only other point guard currently on the Grizzlies roster besides Mike Conley, and he has just recently asked to be released. This comes in the wake of his 20 game suspension for a league drug violation. Calathes is reportedly getting offered more money to play overseas, and given his current situation that might be his best option. Calathes might actually be best served to play with a European club, as his game could use further improvement before continuing at the NBA level. There are also free agents on the market right now that would be an upgrade from Calathes, so his release might not necessarily be a bad thing. According to the Orlando Sentinel:
After one abbreviated season with the Memphis Grizzlies, has former Lake Howell and Gators guard Nick Calathes gotten all he wants of the NBA? EuroHoops.net reports that Calathes, who took a pay cut to come back home from Russia, has asked to be released by the Grizzlies to consider lucrative offers from European teams again.
But, Calathes’ suspension for a failed drug test complicates potential talks with other teams. Calathes was suspended for 20 games on the eve of this year’s NBA playoffs for the use of Tamoxifen, a drug that is one of 140 substances banned in the NBA performance-enhancing drug policy. It is not a PED but is classified as a masking agent for other banned substances.
The Nick Calathes situation might be more of a headache than it’s worth down the road, so a potential parting of ways could work out for both parties. This would mean that the Grizzlies would need to work on bringing Beno Udrih back, or they could target a current free agent. Calathes averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 16.5 minutes per game with Memphis last season.