According to Ronald Tillery, a Memphis Grizzlies beat writer for the Commercial Appeal, Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger is interested in Sebastian Telfair. Here is the tweet, courtesy of @CAGrizBeat.
Griz coach Dave Joerger says team has interest in Sebastian Telfair
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) June 19, 2014
Telfair was drafted 13th by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2004 NBA Draft. He played for the Trail Blazers from 2004-2006 and then bounced around the league: Boston Celtics (2006-07), Minnesota Timberwlves (2007-09), Los Angeles Clippers (2009-2010), Cleveland Caveliers (2010), Timberwolves (2010-2011), Phoenix Suns (2011-2013), and the Toronto Raptors (2013).
After nine years in the NBA, Telfair played for the Tianjin Ronggang of the Chinese Basketball Association for the past year.
What would Telfair bring to the Grizzlies?
He has a career 7.4 points per game and 3.5 assists per game stat line. Nothing crazy, but good enough to give the starters a rest. Michael Conley is the Memphis Grizzlies point guard, and Telfair would be a decent backup.
The Grizzlies were 50-32 this past season, and lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. The series went seven games, so there isn’t much separating the Grizzlies from being a really great team.
Telfair has the potential to be a nice addition to a team looking for small improvements to become a top contender in a deep Western Conference.