Douglas signed with the Grizzlies back on December 5th following the NBA’s hardship rule which helps teams that are dealing with numerous injuries and allows them one extra roster spot. However, Douglas’ stint with the team was a rather short one. He appeared in just six games off the bench for the Grizzlies, averaging 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 17.8 minutes. After scoring a season-high 14 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Douglas was later waived on December 15th.
Douglas, a former first-round selection from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009, has been an NBA journeyman while even spending some of his time in China, playing for the Jiangsu Dragons. During his eight-year career in the NBA, Douglas has been with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and now the Memphis Grizzlies. Douglas has appeared in 376 regular season games and is averaging 7.8 points, 2.3 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in 19.2 minutes.
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The Grizzlies decided to waive rookie forward Troy Williams, who appeared in 24 games — averaging 5.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.00 steals in 17.4 minutes. While being waived, the rookie will be recalled to the Grizzlies’ Development League affiliate Iowa Energy. Williams played in 11 games for the Energy averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 20.2 minutes.
Troy went undrafted in the 2016 draft after spending his junior season at Indiana University, where he averaged 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.00 steal. He would later go on to sign with the Grizzlies as a free agent on August 8, 2016.
The Grizzlies are currently 29-21 and are locked-in at the 7th playoff spot in the Western Conference. They Grizzlies will look for the veteran Douglas to handle the backup point guard duties behind Mike Conley to help ease the pressure off their backcourt. Douglas also has playoff experience, which is crucial if the Grizzlies are looking to maintain a playoff spot.
Fun Fact: Douglas is known to be brothers with Harry Douglas, an NFL wide reciever of the Tennessee Titans. The Douglas brothers are the sixth set of brothers to play in both the NBA and NFL.