NBA Teams That Should Take a Flyer on Fab Melo

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NBA Teams That Should Take a Flyer on Fab Melo
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The Memphis Grizzlies cut ties with Fab Melo just two weeks after acquiring him in a trade with the Boston Celtics, which is hardly a ringing endorsement for the 7-footer's NBA future.

But, hey, on the bright side, 29 other teams can bring him aboard if they're willing to pick up his $1.3 million salary this year. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, it's likely that some intrepid franchise will take a crack at the disappointing big man.

In theory, just about every team should be kicking the tires on the Syracuse product. After all, he was a first-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft. Plus, he averaged 9.8 points, six rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game in the D-League last year. Those numbers were good enough to earn Melo nods to the D-League All-Defensive First Team and the D-League All-Rookie First Team.

But obviously there are some real issues with Melo's work ethic and maturity, so whichever team takes him on will have to weigh the big man's potential against the headache of dealing with his frustrating attitude.

It's not easy to find s 7'0" shot-blocker, so lots of general managers are sure to make calls to Melo's agent. Ideally, teams that have time to develop a prospect (read, "aren't contending anytime soon") and need a defensive presence in the middle would make the most sense.

And there are a few outside-the-box destinations that might work well, too.

Let's try a few clubs on for size to see where Melo fits best.

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