Posted by Matt Moore
Summer League is more important for rookies than is usually let on. It's the first look a coach gets at a player running in their system, playing for their team, playing among other NBA athletes. But Xavier Henry will not be getting that experience, as his agent Arn Tellem, has yet to hammer out an agreement with the Grizzlies on the 12th overall pick, despite the existence of a rookie pay scale specifically designed to keep these types of things quick and easy. Tellem has instructed Henry to miss Summer League until the issues are resolved.
It's not the end-all, be-all, after-all, only four players in heavy rotation on the Grizzlies are playing in Summer League, even though that's higher than most teams. Working with O.J. Mayo at point would have been a nice adjustment for Henry and the club as well, who needs Mayo to run the point well. Or really anyone to run the point well. Basically, any scenario in which Mike Conley spends less time on the floor dribbling a basketball is a good thing. But with 8 turnovers in last night's game , that's not looking promising either.
Pretty typical for the Grizzlies. One step forward, one step back.
(H/T: Straight Outta Vancouver )