The Memphis Grizzlies are in the midst of another playoff run, currently paced as the seventh-seed in the Western Conference. Even though the team is currently nine games over the .500 mark, Memphis released veteran guard Toney Douglas and have signed rookie guard Wayne Selden.
The Memphis Grizzlies are signing Pelicans free agent Wayne Selden, releasing guard Toney Douglas, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 18, 2017
The former Kansas Jayhawks star was recently on back-to-back 10-day contracts with the New Orleans Pelicans, but was free to sign elsewhere Saturday morning. He will now travel north to Memphis and be a part of a playoff team.
With the Pelicans, the undrafted rookie made his NBA debut Tuesday night, and started all three games in which he appeared in. He played very well in New Orleans win Friday night against the Rockets, scoring 11 points in just under 19 minutes of action.
Wayne Selden made his first career NBA start tonight for the Pelicans!
— Jayhawks In The NBA (@NBA_Jayhawks) March 15, 2017
Listed at 6’5 and 230 pounds, Selden, at 23 years-old, is a downhill attacking guard who uses his strength and athleticism to finish at the rim. His offensive game really expanded at Kansas and he became a reliable shooter (evidenced by his three-of-four shooting from long distance Friday night). A mainstay for Kansas, he started 108 out of 109 career games while spending three years at Lawrence before entering his name into last June’s draft. With the free agency boom that took place last summer a lot of NBA teams drafted “draft and stash” players to place in Europe or abroad so their rosters and salary caps could remain as open as possible, which most likely led to Selden going undrafted.
Wayne Selden had 11 points in 18 minutes against the Rockets tonight! pic.twitter.com/CcjX6A3gY8
— Jayhawks In The NBA (@NBA_Jayhawks) March 18, 2017
It will be interesting to see if Selden can stick with Memphis as his scoring punch could be useful to a team that is 27th in points-per-game. While Memphis is known for their “grit-and-grind,” if they want a chance at challenging any of the teams they may match-up with in round one of the Western Conference playoffs (Golden State, San Antonio and Houston are all possibilities), they will need more scoring. With big free agent signing Chandler Parsons being a total flop, Selden can certainly add depth at the wing.