James Ennis played just 40 minutes across 10 games in a stint with Memphis last season, but apparently GM Chris Wallace likes what he saw.
Or maybe he saw the nine games at the end of the disastrous Pelicans season where they gave the athletic wing out of Long Beach State (Go Beach!) a chance, starting him five games, and he averaged 15.9 points a game, shot 48 percent from three, and had a PER of 17.8. Small sample size, but it should have been enough to get him a chance somewhere next season.
It was back in Memphis, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Evans is long all kinds of athletic — remember this dunk?
However, athleticism and a high motor would only take Ennis so far, he needed to round out his game and become a more consistent defender and, more importantly, develop a steady outside shot. He showed that in a small sample size in New Orleans at the end of last season, he’s now got to do it regularly.
The Grizzlies have Chandler Parsons at the three (and Tony Allen at the two), Ennis could become a backup there getting steady run if he continues his growth. Memphis saw enough to take a couple year gamble on him to become that guy.