Andre Barrett

Grizzlies Cut Barrett, Ely, Gaffney, Reed

The Grizzlies have waived Andre Barrett, Melvin Ely, Tony Gaffney and Willie Reed, the team announced via press release. All four were on non-guaranteed deals, and without them, Memphis is carrying just 13 players, the NBA minimum.

Gaffney had the best chance of sticking, according to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, but the team will instead carry only its 13 fully guaranteed contracts (Twitter link). The 28-year-old Gaffney, a 6’9″ big man, saw the most action of any of the Memphis camp invitees, averaging 2.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game in seven preseason tilts. Still, it wasn’t enough for him to make his first NBA regular season roster.

The Grizzlies signed Reed late last season, but he didn’t get into a game, and like Gaffney is still waiting to make his official NBA debut. Ely is the most seasoned of the cuts, but his attempt to revive an NBA career that’s been dormant since the 2010/11 season falls short. Barrett’s been out of the league even longer, not having appeared in a regular season game since 2007/08, but he, too, will remain out of the league for now.

Grizzlies Sign Andre Barrett

The Grizzlies have made another addition to their preseason roster, announcing today that they’ve signed free agent point guard Andre Barrett. The move increases the team’s roster count to 17 players.

Barrett, 31, has spent time with the Rockets, Magic, Suns, Raptors, Bulls, and Clippers, but hasn’t appeared in a regular season NBA game since the 2007/08 season. In 2012/13, he split time between the D-League’s Maine Red Claws and the Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 9.3 PPG and 7.7 APG in 33 overall contests.

The Grizzlies are now carrying 17 players, including 13 on guaranteed contracts. Barrett, Melvin Ely, Willie Reed, and Tony Gaffney will compete for the last two potential roster openings.