The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Toney Douglas "pursuant to the NBA’s hardship rule," according to a team press release.
Douglas, 30, is an NBA journeyman, appearing in 370 regular season games (65 starts) for six teams during his seven-year NBA career. His career averages of 7.8 points and 2.3 assists do not jump of the page, but he’s a servicable fill-in for a Grizzlies team that just lost $150-million point guard Mike Conely for four to six weeks with a back injury.
Douglas has some familiarity with the Grizzilies. While he was in Miami, Douglas was coached by then-Heat assistant and current Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale. As a member of the Knicks, he scored 29 points and made a career-high nine 3-pointers against the Grizzlies on March 17, 2011, at Madison Square Garden.
Andrew Harrison has filled in as the starting point guard after Conley went down. With first-round pick Wade Baldwin also competing for playing time, Douglas is a vet amongst rookies.
Douglas has played for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans. Most recently, Douglas was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 preseason roster.
He played in 61 games (18 starts) last season with New Orleans and averaged 8.7 points and 2.6 assists in 20.7 minutes while shooting 39.9 percent from 3-point range.