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Report: Memphis Grizzlies waive Fab Melo

Aug 30, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

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Just a couple weeks ago, Memphis traded the expiring contract of Donte Greene plus sent some cash to Boston for the rights to Fab Melo.

Friday they waived Melo, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Melo was owed $1.3 million this season fully guaranteed, part of his rookie contract. If no team picks ‘Melo up off waivers Memphis will have to eat that salary (and it still counts against their salary cap).

The fact that Memphis is willing to do that rather than let go of Josh Akognon or Willie Reed (guys without fully guaranteed contracts who make less money) speaks to what Memphis thought of Melo. There have been questions about his maturity and his desire to work at his game since he entered the league.

That said, ‘Melo is a 7’0” shot blocking big who could develop into a good NBA defender — last season he was named to the D-League All-Defensive First Team and D-League All-Rookie First Team — so a team may well claim him off waivers. If not, he will land a spot on a minimum contract.

Memphis didn’t really need Melo at center: They start Marc Gasol and now back him up with Kosta Koufos, plus Jon Leuer is the third center on the roster.

  1. raidmagic - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I’d like to see Orlando take a flyer on him. Low risk high reward. If they can pick him up cheap and he gets it together BINGO. If not he helps us suck for a better draft pick.

    • ausar02 - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Fab is more low risk medium reward. His ceiling isn’t high.

  2. snitor - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Hope he joins Flamengo (Brazilian champs).. He is a fan of the team and we lost our center..

  3. money2long - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    is philly still trying to add salary ?

    • sgtsoysauce - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      I would like to see him in a Sixers uni. Can develop while Noel sits out and who knows. Them two can be the front court for the future. That’s if we don’t get Wiggins

  4. redsoxchamp11 - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    at $1.3m I wonder if MIA would pick it up as an inaurance policy on bosh and oden…low risk/high reward with lits of vets around him to push him.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      To be blunt, he isn’t good enough right now, they could do better.

      • bigbamboom1 - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Normally I’d agree with you. But LeBron James can make any center look good. Or make him at least play up to him potential. I actually could see that working out with Oden there too. Both are uptempo defenders who can run and dunk it (when healthy in Oden’s case).

      • whereyaat - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        I think Miami likes their centers to be able to score on easy putbacks (like Andersen did off the bench), and everybody says Fab Melo’s offense is just the worst. If that’s true, I don’t see why Miami would go for him.

  5. papacrick - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Is that seriously a real name? I thought this was some rapper or an alternative nickname for Fabolous

    • bigbamboom1 - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      It is a shortened version of his real name. his real name reads Italian or Portuguese. I will likely butcher it up but it was like Fabrini or Fabrizio. And the Melo part had a lot of additional vowels in it.

    • ranfan12 - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      Fabricio “Fab” Paulino de Melo


  6. fordmandalay - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Take him Lakers – you’re gonna need all the help you can get this year.

  7. bruiserbrigade - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Ain’t this the guy that concussed himself walking into a door? Lol. That kind of coordination won’t cut it in the league.

    • abchome - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:56 AM

      That made him well known to many NBA fans while playing for D League.

    • ranfan12 - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      Lol he’s only human. I’m very coordinated and manged to fall up stairs and hit my head on the inside of frame somehow

  8. edwardemanuelson - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Spurs, let’s go! Make it happen!

  9. sageandjudahsdad - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Big Syracuse fan. He is a Bum!
    Wasted his scholarship. Didn’t go to class.
    Got suspended by team twice. Cost his team a shot at a final four.
    How he’s getting 1.3 is amazing.

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