Report: Grizzlies signing Ryan Hollins

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Ryan Hollins reportedly received interest from a few teams earlier in the offseason – the Kings, Wizards and Clippers.

He chose another.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed in principle to sign veteran free-agent center Ryan Hollins, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Hollins, 30, is expected to sign a one-year veteran’s minimum contract.

Hollins is no great shakes, but the Grizzlies need a third center behind Marc Gasol and Brandan Wright. They’re so desperate there, I at least wondered whether Michael Holyfield – an undrafted center from Sam Houston State – could make the regular-season roster.

Memphis has 14 players with guaranteed salaries plus JaMychal Green ($150,000 guaranteed), Patrick Christopher (unguaranteed), Lazeric Jones (unguaranteed) and Holyfield (unguaranteed). Even if Hollins’ contract isn’t guaranteed, the Grizzlies’ positional needs could give Hollins an edge over Green.

Hollins is a decent interior defender, but he’s extremely limited offensively and a poor rebounder for his position. Still, he’s been around the league and fills the role Memphis needed filled.

For a win-now team, he’s a nice – maybe even necessary – addition at this stage.