Grizzlies' Wade Baldwin: Expected to see minutes bump with Conley out
Baldwin and Andrew Harrison are expected to see increases in playing time with starting point guard Mike Conley (back) ruled out for at least six weeks.
After opening the season as Conley's main backup, Baldwin quickly ceded those duties to Harrison, a fellow rookie, after averaging just 4.3 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 21.0 minutes per game while shooting just 28.6 percent from the floor. Baldwin has since seen time in the D-League while occasionally making cameos with the Grizzlies, but he should settle back into a regular spot in coach David Fizdale's rotation during Conley's absence, at least initially. Harrison figures to get the first crack at replacing Conley, but since he's shooting just 27.1 percent on the season in his own right, it's far from a safe that he'll end up sticking in that role, so Baldwin's performance is worth charting in the next several games. There's also a good possibility that the Grizzlies will make a trade to acquire a veteran point guard or bring a free agent in to shore up the position, which would be harmful to the fantasy values of both Harrison and Baldwin.