Written by: Jacob Boughter (@jacob_boughter)
On August 28th, the Memphis Grizzlies waived fan favorite Kobi Simmons, who played for the Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season.
Simmons was a McDonald’s All-American in 2016 and played one season of college basketball at Arizona before going undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft. The Grizzlies signed the 6-5 combo guard to the NBA’s first ever two-way contract on July 1st, 2017.
Simmons played in 32 games for Memphis last season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 assists per game on 42.3% shooting. He spent the rest of the season in north Mississippi with the Memphis Hustle.
A contributing factor to Simmons being waived could have been the recent signing of Shelvin Mack for the Grizzlies. Mack has played in the NBA for seven seasons and was a member of the Orlando Magic last year.
Simmons being waived is also possibly due to the return of Mike Conley for the 2018-19 season, after he missed all but 12 games last season.
This makes Simmons the fifth point guard on the team behind Conley, Mack, Garrett Temple, and Andrew Harrison, putting him in a position where his value dropped do to the number of point guard in Memphis.
It has been rumored that the Grizzlies waived Simmons to free up a roster spot for hometown hero Markel Crawford.
Crawford played for both the University of Memphis and Ole Miss during his college career and was recently signed to a camp deal with the Grizzlies. The high-scoring guard most recently played for the Grizzlies during the 2018 Summer League season, where he averaged 9.6 points in 18 minutes per game.
The Grizzlies now have one of their allotted two two-way contracts open, with Japanese forward Yuta Watanabe signed to the other one.
Written by; Jacob Boughter
Edited by: Colin Castleberry