The Grizzlies are expected to part ways soon with big man Jarell Martin, according to Ronald Tillery of The Memphis Commerical Appeal, who reports (via Twitter) that Martin has been told he’ll be waived. However, Martin has the option to remain in camp with Memphis as a showcase opportunity for potential suitors, Tillery adds.
Martin, 23, was the 25th overall pick in the 2015 draft, but has failed to develop into a reliable rotation player for the Grizzlies in his first two NBA seasons. In total, the LSU product has appeared in 69 regular season contests, averaging 4.6 PPG and 3.6 RPG with a .419 FG% in 13.6 minutes per game.
Martin has a minimum salary cap hit of $1,471,382 for 2017/18, so the Grizzlies won’t be on the hook for a ton of dead money if and when they waive him. Martin’s contract also includes a $2,416,222 team option for 2018/19, but that money is non-guaranteed, and will disappear unless the 6’10” power forward is claimed on waivers.
Even after trading Troy Daniels to the Suns last week, the Grizzlies were expected to make another move to clear a guaranteed salary from their books. Counting Martin, the club is currently carrying 15 guaranteed contracts, and would add a 16th by re-signing JaMychal Green, the final restricted free agent on the market.