The Grizzlies were the second of three teams that Ennis saw run with in 2015-16, and though he was ultimately waived by the club in early March when the team needed to add a healthy center to the roster, the front office saw enough potential in the 26-year-old to bring him back in free agency. While former coach Dave Joerger didn't appear to view Ennis as a rotation-caliber player during his time with the Grizzlies last season, new bench boss David Fizdale might have more of an affinity for the small forward, who began his career with the Heat, with whom Fizdale previously served as an assistant. Ennis' contract is fully guaranteed, so he should have a legitimate chance at staking his claim to a rotation spot heading into the coming season. He might have already helped his cause with his strong finish to the previous campaign while he was member of the Pelicans; Ennis averaged 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 three-pointers, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per game over nine contests in New Orleans.
Ennis was not extended a qualifying offer by the Pelicans, making him an unrestricted free agent, Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Ennis struggled to find a spot in the NBA until the tail end of last season, when he joined the injury-riddled Pelicans and averaged 17 points per game over 33 minutes in the month of April. As a result, New Orleans would like to bring him back on a new deal this offseason if the numbers work out, and with the salary cap rising, there's a good chance a team takes a flier on the athletic wing for next season regardless.
James Ennis scored 28 points (11-20 FG, 6-11 3Pt) to go with two rebounds and one steal over 40 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Timberwolves.
It's been a fantastic end of the season for Ennis, who was just recently signed for the remainder of the season. He's been averaging an impressive 21.7 points over his last three games and has nailed 13 threes over that span. While the 25-year-old guard found a starting role for the injury-ravaged New Orleans Pelicans , his future in the NBA is far from assured.
James Ennis exploded for 29 points (9-14 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block across 40 minutes during the New Orleans Pelicans ' 121-116 loss to the Bulls on Monday.
Ennis set a career-high in scoring on Saturday versus the Suns, which he proceeded to break right away against the Bulls on Monday. Ennis has made 18 three-pointers in eight games with the Pelicans, and he continues to deliver quality counting stats as a starter. He has scored in double figures during seven of his eight appearances since joining New Orleans, and Wednesday's season finale against the Timberwolves is Ennis' last chance to showcase his skills heading into the offseason.
James Ennis scored 18 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt) to go with six rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Suns.
It was a career night for Ennis, who recently signed with the New Orleans Pelicans for the remainder of the season after playing well through a 10-day contract. New Orleans has been absolutely decimated by injuries, opening up the opportunity for the second-year guard to play a starting role as the team limps it's way to the finish line.
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