After two seasons abroad, former Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes is looking to return to the NBA, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN writes. The 29-year-old guard, regarded as an elite playmaker with good size, is expected to attract significant interest as a reserve.
Calathes didn’t make much of an impact during two seasons with Memphis from 2013 to 2015, averaging 4.6 points and 2.7 assist in 129 career games, but he emerged as a EuroLeague MVP candidate this season.
After having averaged 14.5 points and 8.0 assists per game for Panathinaikos Athens in Greece’s top league, Calathes will be one year younger than Milos Teodosic was when he came across as a Euroleague star to ink a two-year, $12MM deal with the Clippers last summer.
The Florida native will be represented of ISE’s James Dunleavy and will follow in the footsteps of other Americans like Anthony Parker and Bobby Brown who turned successful EuroLeague stints into additional NBA opportunities years after they were drafted.