The Grizzlies have waived Ryan Hollins, the team announced via press release. Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal reported moments before the 4pm Central deadline for the move to take place that Hollins was about to hit waivers (Twitter link). He was presumably going head-to-head against JaMychal Green for a regular season roster spot, as the 14 other Grizzlies have full guarantees, though Jarnell Stokes, who possesses a fully guaranteed one-year veteran’s minimum salary, had reportedly fallen out of favor lately. Hollins’ deal is non-guaranteed, though the Grizzlies will have a small cap hit since they failed to waive him by Saturday’s deadline to remove non-guaranteed salary from the books, presuming he clears waivers. Green has a partial guarantee of $150K.
Hollins, 31, was trying to make an NBA regular season roster for the 10th consecutive season, even though he’s averaged only 11.8 minutes per game for his career. He saw about that same level of playing time in the preseason for Memphis, averaging 5.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per contests over seven appearances.
The Wizards, Kings, Clippers, Mavericks and Pelicans were all reportedly interested in Hollins at some point over the summer, suggesting that he stands a decent chance to surface on another team’s roster sometime soon. Teams can continue to sign players to non-guaranteed contracts until January, when 10-day deals begin.