The Memphis Grizzlies have informed Dillon Brooks that he will not remain on the team next season under any circumstances.
The 27-year-old forward’s contract is up and it seems certain that he will not be re-signed.
After a complicated end to the season, in which Brooks was involved in controversy for his statements off the court and his actions on the court, the Grizzlies and the player met to talk about the future.
The organisation decided that the best thing to do is to go their separate ways.
This is according to Shams Charania in The Athletic. He also notes that earlier in the season the Grizzlies did propose a renewal to Brooks, but the player rejected them and talks never resumed.
Dillon Brooks’ controversial playoff series
After their first-round elimination at the hands of the Lakers, the general manager of the Memphis franchise has already said that in recent times they have had too many internal distractions.
That seemed to be a direct dig at Brooks, who turned up the heat in the series when he called LeBron James an “old man”, saying he didn’t respect him because he hadn’t scored 40 points on him.
Later, he was ejected from a game for punching the Los Angeles star in the crotch. Brooks also had to pay a 25,000 dollar fine for failing to speak to media after three of the Grizzlies‘ playoff losses.
Poor numbers for Dillon Brooks
In the six games against the Lakers, the forward averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists with discreet percentages of 31.2 percent from the field, 23.8 percent in three-pointers and 71.4 percent in free throws.
Defensively, he was also unable to contain LeBron as the Lakers advanced in six games. The victory that clinched it for LA was a blow-out win.
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