Sport Memphis signs forward Xavier Tillman to reported four-year contract

01:10  29 november  2020
01:10  29 november  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

NBA draft: How front offices and prospects prepared for the most unique draft

  NBA draft: How front offices and prospects prepared for the most unique draft The process usually involves dozens of workouts and in-person interviews. This year, NBA draft preparation involves Zoom calls. Lots of Zoom calls.Leading up to this year's NBA draft on Nov. 18, however, the process has played out much differently. The routine has become similar to what most people have experienced since the coronavirus outbreak started.

In the end, Xavier Tillman Sr.’s decision whether or not to return to remain in the 2020 NBA Draft for his senior season came down to security. Tillman is unlike most college basketball players forced to make a decision on their basketball future. He is married. He has two kids, a three- year old daughter

February 5: Memphis signed forward Dillon Brooks to a contract extension. October 20: Charlotte signed forwards Caleb Martin and Jalen McDaniels to multi- year contracts and signed guard Kobi Simmons to a two-way contract .

There were scouts propping up Xavier Tillman out of Michigan State as a steal in this draft, a high-energy big who was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, skills that should translate to the next level.

a person holding a basketball © G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies are betting he can, inking the second-round pick to a contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Gallery: The Top 10 First Round NBA Draft Picks (imagn)

a man holding a basketball: Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards (5) controls the ball against the Florida Gators during the second half at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia on March 4, 2020.

According to friend-of-this-site Keith Smith, while this is a minimum contract financially, the Grizzlies are using part of their mid-level exception to give Tillman more than the two years allowed on a minimum deal. The back end years of this contract are not guaranteed.

Xavier Tillman, 6’8″, plays an old-school game on offense but is a bit undersized to pull that off in the NBA. He will hang his hat in the NBA (at least to start) on the defensive end of the court — he has fantastic defensive instincts, can switch a pick-and-roll on the perimeter, and plays with great energy. This is a good contract and a good second-round pick by the Grizzlies to put with their young core.

Check out more on the Memphis Grizzlies

Grizzlies re-signing De’Anthony Melton ($35M), John Konchar ($9M) Report: Trail Blazers getting Enes Kanter as Celtics and Grizzlies complete... New baby giraffe at Memphis Zoo named Ja Raffe in honor of Ja Morant

Memphis signs forward Xavier Tillman to reported four-year contract originally appeared on NBCSports.com

NBA outlines extensive coronavirus health and safety protocols for 2020-21 season .
With the NBA beginning the 2020-21 season in home markets, the league has outlined some unique coronavirus safety protocols for teams and players.The memo, obtained by USA TODAY Sports, included dates for voluntary individual workouts (Nov. 24-30), required individual workouts (Dec. 1-5), group practices (Dec. 6-10), exhibition play (Dec. 11-21) and the start of the regular season (Dec. 22). The league also sent a 139-page document outlining health and safety protocols pertaining to the coronavirus.

usr: 1
This is interesting!