Report: Anthony Tolliver Likely to Sign Grizzlies Contract Amid Outside Interest

Memphis Grizzlies Anthony Tolliver reacts after a three-point basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 2, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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Despite interest from elsewhere, it seems Anthony Tolliver will be sticking with the Memphis Grizzlies.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Grizzlies are the “likely destination” for the veteran forward:

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To be eligible to sign a rest-of-season contract, players must have held an NBA or G- League contract this season … or were NOT under contract this season with a professional team outside of the United States, league sources say

Tolliver, 35, appeared in five games for the Grizzlies before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the season to be suspended. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game, shooting an impressive 41.2 percent from three. 

He was playing for his third team in the 2019-20 season, following stints with the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings

The veteran journeyman has also played for San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns in his 12-year career. 

Staying in Memphis would make sense for Tolliver. He was getting solid minutes before the season was put on hiatus and the Grizzlies 32-33 are the current eighth seed in the Western Conference, with a 3.5-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings, a four-game lead over the San Antonio Spurs and a six-game lead over the Phoenix Suns. 

Those five teams chasing the Grizzlies will all be in Orlando fighting for a playoff berth. If the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds in the West finish within four games of each other, a play-in tournament will decide which team gets the final spot. 

Barring a monumental collapse, the Grizzlies should be one of those two teams, giving Tolliver an excellent shot at playing postseason basketball if he remains with Memphis. 

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