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Memphis Grizzlies waive guard Tony Wroten


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have waived guard Tony Wroten after he played in one preseason game.

General manager Chris Wallace announced the move Friday.

The 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard played six minutes Thursday night in a 104-83 loss by Memphis to Atlanta.

Memphis originally drafted Wroten at No. 25 overall in 2012 after his freshman year at Washington. Wroten has played in 145 games with 34 starts in four seasons in the NBA with the Grizzlies and Philadelphia.

The Grizzlies currently have 19 players on the roster.

Memphis’ Tony Wroten got a massive Phineas and Ferb tattoo


As the parent of three girls under 12, I can tell you first hand there are few children’s programs that are tolerable if you are the adult in the room. Good is almost unheard of.

Phineas and Ferb is the exception — the cartoon about two stepbrothers determined to enjoy their summer was smart and entertaining. Not that I ever came home late night from covering a game and just put it on to unwind even though the kids were asleep. Nope. Don’t think that ever happened five or six times. Not a chance.

But I’m not as big a fan as the Grizzlies’ Tony Wroten.

That’s a level of commitment I don’t have. I’m not sure anyone else has.

Memphis Grizzlies sign Wroten, Williams, Selden, Stephens

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Tony Wroten, forward Troy Williams and guard/forwards Wayne Selden Jr. and D.J. Stephens.

The Grizzlies announced each of the four signings Monday. Terms of the deals weren’t disclosed.

Wroten, 23, has appeared in 145 career games with the Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers over the last four seasons. He played eight games for Philadelphia this past season.

Stephens (STEF-ens) spent this past season with the NBA Development League’s Canton Charge and Iowa Energy. He played collegiately at Memphis and was undrafted in 2013.

Selden and Williams both went undrafted this year. Selden averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists for Kansas as a junior in 2015-16. Williams averaged 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2 assists for Indiana as a junior this past season.

Report: Knicks interested in Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson

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The Knicks need a point guard.

That doesn’t sum it up well enough: The Knicks DESPERATELY need a point guard. Jeff Hornacek is coming in and wants to pick up the tempo, but he doesn’t have the quarterback he needs to run his offense. Jose Calderon is 34 and is a defensive liability best suited to be a backup. Jerian Grant is still developing but may never be more than a career reserve. Tony Wroten is coming off major surgery.

Mike Conley is at the top of the Knicks’ free agency wish list, but talk to people around the league and the sense is he stays in Memphis so long as they don’t lowball him with their offer.

Who else? How about the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, a name Ian Begley of ESPN threw out discussing the Knicks quest for a point guard.

The club will have at least $18 million to spend in the offseason, and could also explore the trade market to acquire a guard. They and any other team with needs in the backcourt will have interest in free agent Mike Conley. Restricted Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson also has fans in the Knicks organization, but it seems as if Los Angeles will retain the second-year player.

The Lakers are high on Clarkson as part of their young core — with D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and after the draft very likely Brandon Ingram — and are expected to match nearly any offer from a team that slides in and tries to poach the guard. The Knicks aren’t the only team with its eyes on Clarkson, but the sense around the league is the Lakers will just match any offer.

The Knicks likely will have to make a trade to get the kind of point guard they seek. The question is what assets do they have on this roster that a team shopping a quality point guard — for fun, let’s say Jeff Teague in Atlanta — would want? It’s not going to be easy for Phil Jackson to get a deal done.

Report: Knicks in search for a point guard, but don’t expect Linsanity return

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While Jose Calderon says he can play up-tempo basketball, the Knicks are not sold. Jerian Grant may develop into a solid reserve, and they have Tony Wroten but he is coming off knee surgery. With Jeff Hornacek as coach bringing an up-tempo offense — with some triangle elements — the Knicks need an upgrade at the point guard spot. Desperately.

There are a few free agents to chase this summer — Mike Conley is the top one on the market, if they can lure him out of Memphis. Just do not expect the Knicks to make a run at bringing Jeremy Lin back to Madison Square Garden, reports Marc Berman in the New York Post.

“If there’s something out there in free agency to bring in that guy, in between, that can help guide the younger guard and assist the older point guard, that would make the team better,’’ Hornacek added.

It’s not a strong crop of free-agent point guards, with Memphis’ Mike Conley leading the top tier. Resurgent Rajon Rondo, Carmelo Anthony’s choice, is next, but some in the organization believe he hangs onto the ball too much. Brandon Jennings, D.J. Augustin, Ty Lawson, Jeremy Lin, Miami’s unsung Tyler Johnson, Aaron Brooks and Mario Chalmers are also free agents. Sources have indicated the Knicks consider Lawson’s off-court issues too big a risk and Lin’s defense too gaping.

Jeremy Lin was used perfectly by Steve Clifford in Charlotte last season — a sixth man with a green light to change the tempo, attack, and score. His defensive shortcomings are minimized against opposing second units. A lot of teams saw that and Lin is going to get paid well this summer in a market that favors the players.

But he’s not what the Knicks need.

If the Knicks can’t land Conley, then they might want to call up Atlanta and see what the cost is to get Jeff Teague (who has already been rumored in a Sixers trade). Brandon Jennings would certainly be an upgrade over what the Knicks have but he’s no lock-down defender, and he’s got to have the ball and create, he’s not great off it.

There may be no great option outside Conley, but the Knicks need to do something. This is their position of biggest need this season.