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Memphis Grizzlies Waive Andrew Harrison

(Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)

(Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)

This felt like it was becoming inevitable with every passing game. The Memphis Grizzlies have waived former Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison just six games into their season.

Harrison assumed the primary point guard duties last season after Mike Conley was sidelined with an Achilles tear, but the team waived him after he appeared in only one game, in which he played just five minutes.

He appeared in 129 total games for the Grizz, starting 64 of them, and there was a bit of an expectation that he would be the backup point guard for this season’s team.

After the team signed Lexington native Shelvin Mack to a deal back in August, that expectation became a bit cloudier, but for Harrison to be completely wiped out of the rotation was a shock, especially when considering how improved he looked from his rookie season to year two.

I wrote last week about how Harrison wasn’t playing without any true explanation as to why and that question still hasn’t been wholly answered.

Harrison apparently doesn’t fit into the longterm plans that head coach J.B. Bickerstaff wants to instill in his first full season as the Grizzlies head coach. It’s unfortunate for Harrison, but now he’s on the open market.

Thanks to his strong play from last season, Harrison will definitely receive interest from teams looking for a young backup point guard with plenty of NBA experience. Think Phoenix Suns (HELLO, PHOENIX, PICK UP THE PHONE) or possibly a team such as the San Antonio Spurs.

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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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9 Comments for Memphis Grizzlies Waive Andrew Harrison

  1. JASUN74
    4:47 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    Spurs would be a really great fit for Andrew in my opinion.

  2. bwise
    5:05 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    Should have had drew write this post

  3. bwise
    5:05 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    Just because he loves Andrew

    • memphis wildcat
      5:34 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

      I pull for all the former Cats but I have to ask which games you watched to make this statement “Thanks to his strong play from last season”. IMO, Andrew was serviceable at best. I don’t believe he hurt the Grizzlies – and he did have a few awesome moments – but did not seem like he was the answer. I know he still wants to play in the NBA – and he might get picked up – but he needs to look overseas if he wants to play. Other than being a former Cat, I just don’t see the why all the love….

    • memphis wildcat
      5:35 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

      Reply Fail – too many ads caused me to reply to bwise instead of the article. whatever….

    • bwise
      8:17 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

      All good loo

    • Melvit
      5:37 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

      uBlock works great with removing the ads.

  4. DelrayCat
    5:56 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    Harrison is just way too slow to be an NBA PG. He gets used on defense. And his shot-making doesn’t make up for his lack of NBA caliber athleticism. If you could have combined the two brothers into one player…maybe, just maybe, you’d have a very decent NBA 2-guard. Best of luck in Turkey or Croatia.

    • Luether
      6:43 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

      He and Aaron are examples of guys who peaked in high school. They dominated because of their size and skill level but are both a 1/2 step slow for the NBA…