Memphis Grizzlies list finalized after Kris Dunn waiver
The Memphis Grizzlies rounded off their opening lineup by announcing on Saturday that they were relinquishing veteran guard Kris Dunn, as well as forward Matthew Hurt and guard David Stockton.
Dunn played in a preseason game and was ruled out by dental work. The fifth-year guard was acquired by the Grizzlies this summer as part of a trade with the Boston Celtics.
The ruling on Dunn, who owes $ 5 million this season, means guards Sam Merrill and Jarrett Culver were part of the 15-man squad ahead of the Grizzlies’ opener hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday (7 p.m., Bally Sports Southeast).
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Merrill helped his cause by scoring 30 points on seven 3-pointers in Wednesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. Culver, however, struggled, with the 2019 lottery pick averaging 3.8 points in four games.
The Grizzlies also did not exercise Culver’s fourth-year option as they announced on Saturday they did for Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke. Culver will earn just under $ 6.4 million this season on an expiring contract.
The Grizzlies also exercised Desmond Bane’s third-year option for the 2022-23 season.
Morant and Clarke, both in their third season, are eligible to sign contract extensions the next offseason. Morant could sign a maximum five-year extension worth $ 181 million, and if he makes the All-NBA squad this season, the contract value will rise to $ 217 million.
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