Vince Williams Jr. has agreed to a three-year, $7.9 million guaranteed contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, ESPN confirmed on Wednesday. The deal includes a team option for a fourth year. The Grizzlies decided to waive center Bismack Biyombo in order to create room in their roster for the guard/forward.
Biyombo performed well for the Grizzlies in Steven Adams’ absence, averaging 5.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in his 30 games, however, the Grizzlies needed to make a difficult call in order to provide room for Williams, who has evolved into a top-drawer wing defender. Still, Memphis has hinted that Biyombo may return during the course of the season.
Averaging 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds, Williams will receive the most guaranteed money for a player who had been on a two-way contract. Currently 13th in the Western Conference standings, the Grizzlies will be hoping that Williams could boost the team over the remainder of the season.