Toney Douglas‘ second 10-day contract with the Grizzlies is set to expire this weekend during the NBA’s All-Star break, so the team won’t have to make an immediate decision on whether or not to retain him. Nonetheless, all indications suggest that – barring a trade – Memphis intends to sign Douglas for the rest of the season when his current deal expires, according to Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com.
Many 10-day signees don’t see much playing time for their respective teams, but Douglas has been a regular part of the Grizzlies’ rotation since rejoining the club at the end of January. The veteran point guard, who turns 31 next month, has averaged 5.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, and 2.2 APG in 13 games (16.8 MPG) this season, which includes a December stint with the team. Although Douglas’ numbers, including a career-worst .359 FG%, aren’t overly impressive, Memphis has played very well with him in the lineup — the club has a 11-2 record when Douglas sees the floor.
As Wallace notes, a few weeks ago, the Grizzlies were in need of a reliable backup point guard and an athletic rim protector off the bench. If Memphis were to make a deadline deal, it would likely to be address one of those two areas, but the team likes what it has seen recently from Douglas and Brandan Wright. If the club decides it’s comfortable moving forward with Douglas and Wright filling those roles, it will likely be a quiet trade deadline in Memphis.
Douglas, whose 10-day deals have cost the Grizzlies just under $58K apiece, would count for approximately $350K on a rest-of-season contract, depending on when he officially signs it.