Wroten will re-enter free agency with hopes to be picked up by another team. Wroten was already waived by the Knicks after the acquisition of Derrick Rose in June. Now that the Grizzlies have retained Mike Conley, there is no longer a need for Wroten. If he is picked up again, he'll most likely be used for depth at the point guard position.
Wroten was claimed off waivers by the Grizzlies on Sunday, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
Wroten was waived by the Knicks earlier in the week, after they needed to make room on the roster for the Derrick Rose trade to go through. The Grizzlies decided they wanted to give Wroten a look, so they'll pick up the 23-year-old guard. With Mike Conley headed to free agency, Wroten is an insurance option in the backcourt, but likely won't see significant minutes once the regular season rolls around.
Wroten played in just eight games with the Sixers last season while coming back from a torn ACL, but was eventually cut and picked up by the Knicks in March. The Knicks brought him in for some rehab with the expectation that he could be a future asset once healthy, but Wednesday's acquisitions of Derrick Rose and Justin Holiday made the 23-year-old expendable. Wroten plans to participate in the summer league to show potential suitors that he's back to full health following the ACL tear, and if he looks good during those exhibitions, a team could bring him in to serve as a backup at point guard.
Cut by the 76ers last December after looking rusty in his return from a torn ACL, Wroten ended up inking a contract with the Knicks in March, even though the team had no intention of playing him. Instead, the Knicks viewed the 6-foot-6 point guard as more of a future asset, and instructed him to spend more time rehabbing his right ACL before possibly entering the backcourt mix in 2016-17. Over the last seven weeks since the regular season concluded, Wroten has made noticeable progress in his recovery, with reports indicating that he's been cleared for full contact. Though Wroten is entering his fifth season and is much more experienced than the typical Summer League player, he still has something to prove after playing just eight games since January 2015, and is hoping to showcase the same explosiveness he had before requiring the surgery to repair his ACL. If he thrives during the Summer League and training camp, he could make a legitimate run at the starting point guard job.
Interim coach Kurt Rambis confirmed Tony Wroten (knee) won't play in any of the final 11 games of the New York Knicks ' season, Newsday's Al Iannazzone reports.
Rambis indicated that Wroten, who officially signed with the Knicks last week, still has "deficiencies" in his right leg, so he'll continue to work on strengthening the knee over the next few weeks while he turns his attention to being 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp in the fall. Wroten returned from a partially torn right ACL in December while he was still a member of the 76ers, but averaged a woeful 8.4 points (on 33.8% shooting) and 3.6 turnovers across 18 minutes in his eight appearances with the team before he was ultimately released.
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