Memphis Grizzlies Waive Andrew Harrison

(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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