The Memphis Grizzlies have elected to not send a qualifying offer to Austin Daye after a lackluster performance last season. Daye will now enter the NBA free-agent market and look for a new home along with team mate Jon Leuer.
Daye was obtained as part of the Tayshaun Prince deal and averaged just 4.5 points per game while playing hardly over 12 minutes each game. Chris Herrington of The Memphis Flyer had the story first:
A source says Grizzlies have declined qualifying offers to both Austin Daye and Jon Leuer, making both unrestricted free agents.
— Chris Herrington (@HerringtonNBA) July 1, 2013
Daye is a name not many fans outside of Memphis will be familiar with, but he’s shown an elite ability in the summer league. The problem for Daye is he has yet to flash that ability on an NBA court.
Until Daye can show that same ability on the court with an NBA team he’s going to have some issues staying on the court for more than 12 minutes a game. In the meantime the Memphis Grizzlies continue to free up cap space for moves yet unknown in NBA free agency.
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