Less than a month after he was waived by the Knicks, Tony Wroten has been cut again. The Grizzlies announced today in a press release that they’ve parted ways with Wroten, placing him on waivers. The move ensures that Memphis won’t be on the hook for the guard’s non-guaranteed 2016/17 salary.
Wroten, 23, only appeared in eight games for the Sixers last season before Philadelphia waived him in December. The Knicks later signed Wroten to a two-year deal, minimum-salary deal that contained no guaranteed money for the 2016/17 campaign, but removed him from their roster in a related move last month when they acquired Derrick Rose from the Bulls. The Grizzlies claimed him off waivers at that point.
A former 25th overall pick, Wroten began his NBA career in Memphis in 2012, before later joining the Sixers. In 145 total games, the Washington product has averaged 11.1 points and 3.0 assists per contest, but has shot just 41.3% from the floor, including a paltry 23.1% from downtown.
Although Wroten has flashed some promise and is still young, the fact that he has now been cut twice in consecutive months doesn’t bode well for his NBA future. When Wroten was waived by the Knicks, a report from Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola of The New York Daily News indicated that the team made the decision due to an undisclosed disciplinary issue.
Other teams will once again have the opportunity to put in a waiver claim for Wroten this week. Assuming he clears waivers this time around, he’ll be free to sign with any team.