The Grizzlies brought Douglas aboard in early-December following the announcement that Mike Conley would miss several weeks with a back injury. The veteran has given them decent minutes through six games -- 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game -- but the two sides will now part ways, freeing up a spot on the roster, which will likely be assumed by one of Memphis' injured players. It's unclear who, exactly, that might be, though Thursday's move could be an indication that Conley is ahead of schedule, or that either Chandler Parsons (knee) or James Ennis (calf) could be nearing a return.
Douglas finished with season highs in points, rebounds, assists, threes, and minutes, and he has now swiped two steals in three straight bouts. Six games into his tenure with the Grizzlies, Douglas is averaging 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steal, 0.7 threes, and 0.2 blocks in 17.8 minutes per contest. It's unclear how long Douglas will remain on the roster since his addition was injury-related in the first place. However, he has run the show at point guard much more smoothly than youngsters Andrew Harrison and Wade Baldwin, so it's possible Douglas will end up earning the most minutes at that position going forward until Mike Conley (back) is healthy.
Douglas played six minutes and put up two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) to go with two rebounds and one assist across six minutes in Tuesday's 96-91 win over the 76ers.
Though he only signed with the Grizzlies on Monday, Douglas has immediately entered the rotation in both of the team's two games this week, but has seen only 14 total minutes. He's third on the depth chart at point guard behind starter Andrew Harrison and backup Wade Baldwin, but with neither rookie providing much of an impact while Mike Conley (back) has been sidelined, there could be a chance for Douglas to cut into their workloads before long.
Douglas will be available to play in Monday's game against the Pelicans, Rob Fischer of FOX Sports Southeast reports.
Douglas was signed earlier Monday, but the Grizzlies are wasting no time bringing him along and expect to get him on the court for some in-game action on the same day. Of course, considering he likely doesn't have a full grasp of the Grizzlies' playbook, that could keep his minutes limited during his debut. That said, with injuries wiping out the Grizzlies' backcourt depth chart, Douglas has the potential to see decent minutes behind the likes of Andrew Harrison, Wade Baldwin and Tony Allen.
With the Grizzlies forced to get by with only nine active players the last three games and the team expected to be shorthanded for several more contests, the team was able to add Douglas as a 16th player on the roster via the NBA's hardship exception. It's not expected that Douglas will challenge Andrew Harrison for starting duties at point guard, but the veteran could end up claiming a rotation spot as soon as Monday's tilt with the Pelicans, the team Douglas suited up for last season. In his 61 games last season, Douglas averaged 8.7 points (on 41.1% shooting), 2.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 three-pointers and 1.1 steals in 20.7 minutes per contest.
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