Grizzlies Sign Yves Pons

As expected, the Grizzlies have officially signed undrafted rookie free agent Yves Pons, the team announced today in a press release.

Pons – the 19th-best available undrafted rookie, according to ESPN’s list – is a 6’6″ wing who earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2019/20. After becoming a full-time starter for Tennessee as a junior, Pons averaged 9.9 PPG and 5.3 RPG in 57 games (31.4 MPG).

Word broke shortly after the July 29 draft ended that Pons had reached a deal to join the Grizzlies. While terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed by the team, it’ll be an Exhibit 10 deal, per Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian (Twitter link).

An Exhibit 10 contract can be converted a standard or two-way deal prior to the regular season if the Grizzlies want to keep Pons on their roster. If he’s cut, he’d be a candidate to end up with the Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ G League team, as an affiliate player.

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