Andrew Harrison — a second round pick traded to Memphis on draft night in 2015 — impressed last season in Iowa of the D-League, averaging 18.5 points per game, shooting 36.5 percent from three, and dishing out 4.9 assists per night.
Memphis was watching, and it is a team looking to add shooting and guard depth, so they have signed the physical point guard, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Harrison has agreed to a three-year, $3 million guaranteed deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told The Vertical. The deal includes a partial guarantee on the third season, sources said.
Harrison made dramatic strides for the Iowa Energy of the D-League last season and impressed the Grizzlies with his steadily developing game.
Harrison — who was the point guard on Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky squad in college — is a 6’6″, strong point guard who knows how to use that size to bull his way to the rim, plus be tough on defense. His handles, defense, and decision making improved enough that the Grizzlies are willing to bring him in, and at that price it’s not much of a risk.
With Dwyane Wade taking his talents back home to Chicago, the Miami Heat needed to add guard depth and some depth on the wing.
They added it rapid fire Sunday morning in deals to bring in solid veterans Wayne Ellington and James Johnson.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports and Marc Stein of ESPN.
Ellington is a two guard who can knock down threes, he took 47.8 percent of his shots from three and hit 35.8 percent from three overall and 39.3 percent from the corners. He took more long twos than Erik Spoelstra will like, but he’s got a decent all around game that the Heat can lean on.
Johnson can play either forward spot and while he doesn’t space the floor with shooting he can finish inside, plus brings quality defense.
With these signings, it’s unlikely the Heat will match the Tyler Johnson offer sheet from the Nets.
France was the last team to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but they may be the second best team in the tournament.
Dominating backcourt play Sunday — with 26 points from Tony Parker and 22 from tournament MVP Nando de Colo — France beat Canada 83-74 to win the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila, Philippines. It was a close game against a young and improving Canadian team, but France pulled away in the fourth quarter to get the win.
That sets the field for the Rio Olympics.
The USA are the clear gold medal favorites. France, Spain, Croatia, and Lithuania seem like other potential medal teams, but even with the USA sending a “B” team everyone else is playing for the silver.
The USA’s schedule for pool play in Rio is now set
Aug. 6: China
Aug. 8: Venezuela
Aug. 10: Australia
Aug. 12: Serbia
Aug. 14: France
From there the Olympics will enter an eight-team, single elimination tournament.
The backup point guard in New Orleans gets some run. They will start Jrue Holiday, but he will be on restricted minutes as they try to keep him healthy.
Tim Frazier impressed after signing with the Pelicans late last season (after the Trail Blazers had waived him), enough so that the team re-signed the restricted free agent to a two-year deal, as first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.
Since he battled his way to the NBA through the D-League, Frazier is a good playmaker and a pesky, hard-working defender. What he did well in a small sample size (16 games) with the Pelicans he hadn’t before was shoot the ball — he had a 53.9 percent True Shooting Percentage (kind of at the league average) and hit 41.9 percent from three. If he can continue to hit like that, he becomes far more valuable. He likely is battling Langston Galloway with minutes off the bench.
The Spurs have a couple of NBA regulars on their Summer League roster, and those two got them a win against Golden State on Saturday.
Kyle Anderson threw a lob pass to Jonathon Simmons, who got the shot off with a soft touch as the buzzer sounded, giving the Spurs the 63-61 win in Las Vegas. Anderson had 14 points to lead the Spurs.