It isn’t often that a signing of a 31-year-old guard can “come out of nowhere”, but that is certainly the case with the acquisition that the Memphis Grizzlies announced on Thursday.
Grizzlies sign G Andre Barrett. Barrett is 31, has played for 6 NBA teams, 4 D-League teams and 2 overseas clubs.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) October 10, 2013
As Sam Amico (of FOX Sports Ohio) notes, Barrett has been the definition of a journeyman throughout his professional basketball career. The 5-foot-10 guard from Seton Hall (where he went undrafted) was last seen during the 2012-2013 season in the NBA Developmental League with both the Maine Red Claws and Sioux Falls Skyforce. Barrett hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2007-2008, however, where he had a 4-game stint with the LA Clippers.
Memphis (seemingly) can’t provide much in the way of opportunity for Barrett, as they are reasonably stocked in the backcourt. Mike Conley, Jerryd Bayless, and Nick Calathes each are penciled-in for time at the point guard spot, and while Bayless and Calathes could play some off-guard, they’re also loaded at the 2 with Tony Allen, Jamaal Franklin, and Mike Miller.
Even with that, though, it’s impossible not to root for a guy like Barrett. He clearly has a love for the game in order to pursue his dream for this long, and I selfishly hope he sticks with Memphis when the season opens.
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