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Nov 16, 2009

Worker's Economy

With nationwide unemployment at record levels of one out of ten, and the underemployed in this country somewhere around the thirty-three percent, it makes sense that some guys are coming into the NBA for much less than their value this year. Grizzlies have had some confusion at the front-court this year, so let's look at who was available. Forget about how we botched this year's "weak" draft full of point guards. We know we failed that one, but what about the old veteran free agency contest? Initially it looked like we were at the lead of the pack with the Allen Iverson signing, but that situation quickly went by the wayside before Iverson could even play a single game in front of his new home crowd.

The 2009 free agent guard shoe horn of redemption

Earl Boykins

  • Washington Wizards asked him step in for injured Mike James and Javaris Crittenton. Spent last season at "Virtus Bologna Fier" earning around the same salary as AI got from Memphis Grizzlies.

    Jason Williams

  • Williams was a Memphis bad boy from the playoff years. He went on to win a World Championship in Miami. There were rumors he'd play in Israel last season but instead he chilled at home in Orlando. Now he's an important new hire as the Magic reloaded to compete again for a second finals run with hopefully better results. He addressed a major need as demonstrated when All-star Jameer Nelson was injured most of the post-season.
  • Not many cheers for JWill when he sank a few open shots in pre-season at the FedexForum. I guess he doesn't have too many fans left in Memphis after all.

    Jamaal Tinsley

  • Has not played in the league since some time two seasons ago when he was forced to leave the team because of behavioral issues. Sounds like a stand-up guy ready to lead the team that claims to have no leadership. But he does average high numbers of assists and steals which are unknown to this year's Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Allegedly the Cleveland Cavaliers looked at him to replace their mentally deranged back-up guard, Delonte West.

    Carlos Arroyo

  • Failed to win the starting job at Orlando two seasons ago but had the job due to injuries. Orlando wanted to go another direction, so he went to the Maccabi team instead of Jason Williams for the 2008-2009 season, where he dominated.
  • Accomplishments include single-handedly defeating the "Dream Team" US. Men's Olympic basketball team.
  • Miami has successfully integrated Arroyo to their team as their backup floor general.

    Carlos Delfino

  • Spent last year on team Khimki Moscow Region as one of highest paid European players.
  • Has played terribly and fallen behind second round pick, Jodie Meeks from Kentucky, on the depth charts.

    Wally Szczerbiak

  • Failed to make an impact after being traded to Cleveland from Seattle in the Ben Wallace trade. Did not contribute much to their failures in the post-season, hence is now out of a job and possibly forced into early retirement.
  • Still unemployed…

    Stephon Marbury

  • nothing to say here,

    Cuttino Mobley

  • Early retirement.

    Allen Iverson

  • not even funny

    Dan Dickau

  • A day late and a buck short award.

    Will Solomon

  • Another former Grizzly player, who paid his dues in Europe and returned for Raptors in 2008. But didn't last.
  • Has just recently been let go from the Turkish champions Fenerbahçe Ülker. Available!
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