McCallum was waived by the Pistons on Monday following the acquisition of Beno Udrih off of waivers, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.
After Detroit waived Lorenzo Brown over the weekend, it appeared as though McCallum had secured on a spot on the 15-man roster, but that won't be the case after the team was able to pick up veteran Beno Udrih off of waivers Monday. While the Pistons coaching staff spoke highly of McCallum, a Detroit native, Udrih is the more experienced player and should help stabilize the point guard position in the absence of Reggie Jackson (knee). McCallum will now look elsewhere for a more permanent home but may be forced to try his luck in the D-League or overseas.
McCallum was able to secure a spot on the Pistons' 15-man roster, Aaron McCann of MLive.com reports.
McCallum, who played his college ball at Detroit, outplayed Lorenzo Brown in training camp to claim a backup role at point guard. With Reggie Jackson (knee) sidelined to begin the regular season, McCallum will tentatively slot in second on the depth chart behind Ish Smith, though it's possible the team could add another veteran at the position who could push McCallum down to third in the pecking order.
McCallum signed a deal with the Pistons Monday, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
McCallum, who went to college at Detroit, last played on a pair of 10-day contracts with the Grizzlies in 2015-16 where he averaged 6.9 points, 2.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds over 22 minutes per game. The Pistons currently have both Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith to serve as the team's primary point guards, so McCallum will likely assume a reserve role to start the season, save for injuries to either Jackson or Smith.
McCallum is expected to be released by the Grizzlies on Saturday, Chris Vernon of ESPN reports.
McCallum's second 10-day contract will be expiring and the Grizzlies have opted to bring in Bryce Cotton on a 10-day contract instead of signing McCallum for the rest of the season. In 10 appearances with the Grizzlies, including three starts, McCallum finished with averages of 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists over 22 minutes per game. He'll head to the free agent market and could get a look from guard needy teams moving into the playoffs.
McCallum compiled seven points (3-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal across 21 minutes during the Memphis Grizzlies ' 110-104 loss to the Spurs on Friday.
McCallum moved to the bench on Friday while Jordan Farmar took his spot in the starting lineup and saw 23 minutes. With Mike Conley (Achilles) out for the remainder of the regular season, McCallum seems likely to receive a contract for the rest of 2015-16. The Grizzlies have a rematch against the Spurs on Monday.
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