And now, two bits of unfortunate news to start the holiday weekend: both Dakari Johnson and DeAndre Liggins have been waived, Dakari by the Memphis Grizzlies and DeAndre by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Dakari was traded to the Grizzlies by the Magic back in late July, while DeAndre had been with the Pelicans since January, appearing in 27 games last season and averaging 1.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 9.0 minutes. Dakari played for the Oklahoma City Blue in the G-League for most of last season, averaging 23.3 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks. According to Michael Wallace, his contract will be stretched over three years at a minimum cap hit.
The @memgrizz are waiving C Dakari Johnson in advance of today's NBA deadline to trigger the 'Stretch' provision. Johnson has one year and $1.3 million left on deal, which Grizzlies can stretch over 3 years at a minimum cap hit of just under $450K per season.
— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) August 31, 2018
Dakari and DeAndre have excelled in the G-League, so they’ll find their feet, but still, what a bummer.