Nick Calathes

Report: Grizzlies sign Nick Calathes to two-year, nearly $2 million contract


Nick Calathes rated No. 6 in the 2009 NBA Draft, according to John Hollinger’s statistical system – behind only Ty Lawson, Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans, Austin Daye* and Stephen Curry.

Back then, there was nothing Hollinger could do about Calathes falling to No. 45 in the draft.

Now an executive for the Grizzlies, Hollinger has a bit more power.

Memphis traded for Calathes and today signed him. Marc Stein of ESPN:

By playing well in Europe rather than the NBA the last four years, Calathes earned more than the minimum contract most second-round picks get when they enter the league. Surely, Hollinger no longer views Calathes as just a single step behind Curry, but as far as third point guards go, Calathes represents good value.

With Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless ahead of him, Calathes doesn’t need to be a huge steal for the Grizzlies in order to justify this trade and signing. If Calathes plays reasonably well in limited minutes and demonstrates potential to grow into a bigger role, that would be plenty for the rookie.

*The obvious outlier on this list, but interestingly, also a player the Grizzlies trade for under Hollinger’s watch. Daye was included in the Rudy Gay trade, which also sent Tayshaun Prince to Memphis.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.