TUESDAY, 12:12pm: The Grizzles have officially issued a press release announcing their deal with Davis.
SUNDAY, 2:34pm: The Grizzlies and Deyonta Davis, who was the 31st pick in this year’s draft, have agreed to a three-year, $4MM deal, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. It is the largest guaranteed salary for an American-born second-round pick, Charania notes.
The deals allows Memphis to retain Davis’ Bird rights and eliminate the Arenas provision, leaving him without restrictions on how much he could earn on a second deal while entering free agency one year earlier than if he had been selected in the first round, Charania points out. The Celtics dealt Davis to the Grizzlies.
The 19-year-old Davis averaged 7.5 points and 5,5 rebounds during his lone season with Michigan State. He has NBA size, but scouts said before the draft that he needs to get stronger and become a better finisher in the lane. The Grizzlies have made a few moves this summer, re-signing Mike Conley and adding Chandler Parsons, James Ennis and Troy Daniels.