With many D-League players chomping at the bit for a shot with an NBA team during training camp, the Grizzlies announced that they would be granting quite a few that very opportunity.
Find out which D-League foursome will be heading out to Memphis next month, after the jump.
The Commercial Appeal reports that Memphis has come to an agreement with Ronald "Flip" Murray, Ronald Dupree, Jerome Jordan, and Jarrid Famous on non-guaranteed contracts to participate in training camp.
Perhaps the biggest NBA journeyman of them all, Dupree is the only one of the group to not have played in the D-League last season. Though he split last season overseas in both Argentina and Italy, the 31 year has been attempting to claw his way consistently back into the NBA since first breaking into it during the 2003-04 season with the Bulls.
With his NBA grind reaching nearly a decade, Dupree has had stints in various NBA and D-League cities. Having spent parts of three seasons in the D-League during his journey thus far, the swingman owns averages of 16.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.4 rebounds through 91 minor league contests.
Murray is another player in the group with a bevy of NBA experience as well. Playing in The Association from 2002-10, the veteran is probably best remembered for when he burst onto the scene while filling in for an injured Ray Allen on the Seattle Sonics in 2003-04. Murray shocked basketball fans everywhere with a string of twenty-point games as a starter, and went on to average a career-high 12.4 points while playing in all 82 games that season.
Since, the guard bounced around the league for a bit before resurfacing in Austin last season for a late D-League stint with the Toros. He averaged 12.3 points per game (on 67% from the field) in the regular season and 15.3 points during the postseason.
Seemingly on the reverse end of the spectrum with respect to his NBA career, the youthful Famous split last season between two D-League teams, logging minutes with both the Iowa Energy & Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
The big man out of South Florida averaged 16.8 points and 11 rebounds per game with Iowa, and then continued his solid play by averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds for Fort Wayne later in the year.
The only player from the foursome to have been assigned to the D-League by an NBA team, Jordan was sent to the Erie BayHawks by the Knicks last season in an effort to hone his skills. The big man impressed, looking like a completely different evolved animal as he toyed with the competition. He averaged 18 points and 8.6 rebounds during a short regular season stint, and then continued to star for Erie in the postseason, efficiency averaging 19.7 points, in addition to grabbing 7 rebounds per game.
All four players are certain to be raring to go in just a matter of two short weeks. Hungry for a shot in the NBA, Dupree, Murray, Famous, and Jordan will likely have to fight one another for that coveted final spot or two. By welcoming all four, however, the Grizzlies have made sure the opportunity is as golden as ever in Memphis.