Memphis Grizzlies: What Tim Frazier’s 10-day contract means for the Grizz

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The Memphis Grizzlies had a full roster before the trade deadline. But after they couldn’t find a suitor for Gorgui Dieng, his contract would be bought out, separating him from the squad and making the Grizzlies the youngest team in the NBA.

There was a lot of speculation as to who the Grizzlies would sign. Even though it would make sense to find a big man to help out Jonas Valanciunas, it was clear that Memphis didn’t want one after cutting Dieng.

A while would pass and no significant moves would be made.

The Memphis Grizzlies brought a veteran presence to the team with a familiar face

On Sunday, the Grizzlies announced that they had signed Tim Frazier to a 10-day contract. This wasn’t the first time he had signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies, as he had a short stint earlier this season with the team.

Frazier didn’t play much during his time with Memphis, but he put up 1.3 points and 2.3 assists in a very limited role.

His signing wasn’t entirely unexpected, but the Grizzlies were looked at as a team that would push to make a larger move than signing a veteran point guard who won’t get a plethora of playing time for this team. That said, they may be looking to create a more mature presence on this Grizzlies team.

Is it a coincidence that this signing came off the heels of a late fourth-quarter double-digit blown lead to a losing team? In the Grizzlies’ loss against the New York Knicks, they thoroughly outplayed their opponent in Madison Square Garden. It wasn’t talent that lost them the game, it was poor decisions during crunch time.

It’s unclear whether or not he’ll receive meaningful minutes, but in all likelihood, the Grizzlies are looking for a player who can serve as a mentor for some of the younger members of this team. We believe in Morant, but as a 21-year old, he could use a guide in this league. Tyus Jones helps, but he only has so much NBA experience himself.

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Hopefully, Tim Frazier will help the Grizzlies find more consistency as the season progresses.