Grizzlies: No Renewal on Thomas, Will Sign NBDL’s Green

Jan 18, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward JaMychal Green (41) during the second half at against the Utah Jazz AT&T Center. The Spurs won 89-69. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies decided on Sunday that they will not offer forward Tyrus Thomas a second 10-day contract, but will instead sign the NBDL’s JaMychal Green to a first 10-day contract.

The news was first reported by Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal via Twitter:

While the Grizzlies can offer up to three consecutive 10-day contracts to an individual player, the club apparently did not see Tyrus Thomas as the perfect fit that they had originally hoped–deciding to not renew his first 10-day contract. They have now slid their attention to forward JaMychal Green, whom had originally played with the San Antonio Spurs until recently and has been playing with San Antonio’s NBDL affiliate, the Austin Spurs.

JaMychal Green spent his college career at Alabama and later went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. He has been in training camps with the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs between 2012 and now, as well as the NBA’s Developmental League. This season, he has been averaging 23.0 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, and 1.6 BPG. Green has been shooting 57.7% from the field, including 36.4% from three-point land.

Although these are rather minor roster moves, additional bench depth is always welcomed, especially considering the Grizzlies’ favorable title hopes. JaMychal Green, not to be mistaken with the Grizzlies’ Jeff Green, could also stick around for the long haul. He is young, skilled, and underrated–a great mixture.

Good luck, JaMychal Green, and be prepared to grit and grind!

Go Grizz!