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.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.