Grizzlies waive Ryan Hollins, leaving them with just two centers

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The Grizzlies signed Ryan Hollins, filling their apparent need for a third center behind Marc Gasol and Brandan Wright.

But that position has reopened.

Grizzlies release:

The Memphis Grizzlies waived center Ryan Hollins, the team announced today.

Memphis had to drop someone to reach the regular-season roster limit of 15. The choice probably came down to Hollins and JaMychal Green, whose $150,000 guarantee gave him an edge.

Hollins’ deal was unguaranteed, but the Grizzlies kept him two days after the waiver deadline to begin the regular season, which means he’ll collect $ 16,034 that counts toward the cap. Why didn’t thy drop him sooner? My best guess: They were trying to trade someone else to keep him.

So, keep an eye on Hollins returning to Memphis is a roster spot opens, especially if Gasol or Wright gets hurt. Two centers – even if Zach Randolph can also play the position – make for a thin depth chart.