Ryan Hollins Re-Signs with Grizzlies: Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2016

Memphis Grizzlies center Ryan Hollins in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Denver (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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With Marc Gasol out for the season, the Memphis Grizzlies need more depth down low before a potential postseason push. Memphis acquired just that Wednesday by bringing back 7’0" center Ryan Hollins.

Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal passed along the announcement on Twitter.

Tillery also noted the team waived James Ennis as a corresponding move and said Hollins would be available to play Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings, “barring flight delays.”

Hollins hasn’t appeared in a game since Feb. 10, when he scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in a Memphis victory over the Brooklyn Nets. He has played 19 total games this season—14 with the Grizzlies and five with the Washington Wizards—and averaged 2.8 points and 2.3 boards in 10.8 minutes per night during that span.

Joe Wolfond of theScore.com illustrated the big man’s journey on the transaction wire this season:

Hollins was with the Grizzlies for training camp, was waived before the start of the regular season, signed with the Washington Wizards in late November, was waived less than a month later, signed with the Grizzlies again at the end of December, was waived just over a week later, inked a 10-day contract with Memphis two weeks after that, then got a second 10-day when the first expired. Once the second deal was up, the Grizzlies had to decide whether to sign Hollins for the remainder of the season or release him. They released him.

Now Hollins has the chance to help the team for the rest of the season, especially since Memphis is so short-handed in the frontcourt. In addition to the Gasol loss, the Grizzlies are playing without Brandan Wright, who is out indefinitely with an MCL sprain. Wright last appeared in a game on Feb. 27. 

Hollins at least gives Memphis another healthy body down low as it continues to rely on Zach Randolph and Chris Andersen to battle for boards and protect the rim in the paint.

Even with the injuries, the Grizzlies are the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference as of Wednesday and will likely be in the postseason for the sixth consecutive season. The only way they will be able to compete with the best teams in the league in the playoffs is with additional pieces to fill in for the injured contributors.

Hollins’ numbers don’t jump off the page, but he is a solid rebounder and interior defender if given playing time. According to Basketball-Reference.com, he is averaging 7.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per 36 minutes this season.

He is not a season-altering superstar who will suddenly make the difference between a championship or not in Memphis, but Hollins fills a need for capable interior depth on a team that prides itself on its physical toughness and overall defense.