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Nick Calathes | Guard

Team: Memphis Grizzlies
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/7/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 213
College: Florida
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Nick Calathes scored a team-high 14 points for Greece in a losing effort vs. Serbia in Sunday's World Cup elimination game.
Calathes had a nice tournament but his Greek team bowed out in the round of 16, while Serbia, led by Bogdan Bogdanovic, will advance to the quarterfinals. Calathes will rejoin the Grizzlies but must sit out the first 13 games due to last season's suspension. When he does return he'll be fighting Beno Udrih for reserve PG minutes. Sep 7 - 3:07 PM

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The Grizzlies will keep Nick Calathes as their backup PG this season, despite his desire to sign a more lucrative contract in Europe.

Calathes will earn $816k during the 2013-14 season, minus whatever salary he forfeits while serving the 13 games left on his suspension for violating the league's drug policy. The Grizzlies made a good-faith effort to acquire another viable backup PG to replace Calathes, but at the end of the day they're under no obligation to release him from his cap-friendly deal.
Jul 15 - 6:32 PM

Nick Calathes has informed the Grizzlies that he wants to return to Europe to play for Panathinaikos in Greece.

Calathes will have to stay in the NBA if Memphis picks up his $816k option for next season by July 15, though he'd face a 13-game suspension remaining from his violation of the league's anti-drug policy. He has reportedly been offered a three-year, $7.5 million offer to play in Greece, so it's not a surprise that he wants the Grizzlies to release him.
Source: Sport24.gr
Jun 29 - 3:43 PM

CSKA Moscow raised its offer to Nick Calathes to a three-year, $6.5 million deal.

This matches the offer from Panathinaikos in Greece, which is also much more than the two-year, $1.3 million he has with the Grizzlies. Calathes' contract is not guaranteed for this season and he also has 13 more games on his suspension from PEDs.
Jun 20 - 9:42 AM

Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug Policy.

The suspension starts now which means he won't be see postseason action. Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, an over-the-counter athletic supplement. He was solid this year and filled in admirably while Mike Conley was out earlier this season, averaging 14.7 points, 4.7 boards, 4.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.3 triples in his seven starts. Beno Udrih will back up Mike Conley, who figures to get more than 40 minutes per night vs. OKC in round one.
Apr 18 - 7:33 PM

Nick Calathes had a potent stat line in his 18 minutes off the bench on Friday with 11 points, eight boards, two assists and two steals.

His time as the starter last month has really helped him develop as a floor general in the second unit. Still, Mike Conley is usually extremely durable, so there's little reason to add Calathes with limited playing time.
Mar 14 - 10:31 PM

Nick Calathes played 30 minutes off the bench and had 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals on 5-of-10 shooting Wednesday.

The game was a blowout and Mike Conley didn't hit a single shot tonight, clearing the way for Calathes to see some garbage time production. As long as Conley is healthy, Calathes can continue to be ignored, despite tonight's performance.
Mar 5 - 11:52 PM

Nick Calathes had 11 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 4-of-7 shooting on Tuesday, but played just 19 minutes due to the return of Mike Conley from an ankle injury.

Sure, the line was fine tonight and Calathes might even be able to hold onto a little fantasy value for a bit while Conley gets back up to speed. But he'll need more than 19 minutes a night to make it happen. It looks like the run is over.
Feb 19 - 12:16 AM

The Grizzlies beat the Magic in Orlando on Wednesday behind a well-rounded game from Nick Calathes, who finished with 12 points, five rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks.

Calathes turned the ball over just twice in 37 minutes of action and seemingly gets more comfortable in the starting PG role with every game Mike Conley (ankle) sits out. The bad news for his fantasy owners is that Conley should be ready to roll on the other side of the All-Star break, which promises to chop into Calathes' playing time and production. Plan accordingly.
Feb 12 - 9:44 PM

Nick Calathes took it to John Wall on Tuesday night during a win, scoring 18 points with seven boards, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

He's really turned the corner and the Grizzlies basically got everything out of him in his six starts. In his previous five starts, Calathes averaged 14.6 points, 4.2 boards, 4.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.6 triples on 50.8 percent from the field. By comparison, he shot 40.8 percent before this stretch. Mike Conley (ankle) should be back soon, so the run might be over for the rookie.
Feb 11 - 11:31 PM

Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes scored 17 points on efficient 7-of-9 shooting during Sunday's loss in Cleveland, adding two 3-pointers, five rebounds, six assists and one steal.

The bad news is that he also coughed up five turnovers and the clock is ticking for his fantasy value with Mike Conley (ankle) ahead of schedule and potentially returning to action on Tuesday.
Feb 9 - 9:38 PM

Nick Calathes hit just 5-of-15 shots and no 3-pointers on his way to 10 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in Saturday's win over the Hawks.

He continues to start for Mike Conley (ankle) and continues to be a nearly must-own player, despite tonight's struggles. He's averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.75 steals and 1.5 3-pointers over his last four games, and should continue to be relevant for as long as Conley is out.
Feb 8 - 10:20 PM

Nick Calathes played 41 minutes in another start on Wednesday with 16 points, five boards, five assists, three steals and two 3-poitners.

He did turn the ball over six times and had five fouls, but fantasy owners will like this output. Mike Conley (ankle) is going to be re-evaluated in the coming days, which will help put some sort of timeline on Calathes' value. If he's still sitting around on the wire, it's probably for good reason in shallower formats.
Feb 6 - 12:39 AM

Nick Calathes did not make any 3-pointers against the Thunder on Monday with eight points, three boards, three assists, four steals and no turnovers in 29 minutes.

He put up a shocking 22-point game on Saturday, but that was likely due to poor defense and tonight's line would support that claim. Chances are most of Calathes' lines while Mike Conley (ankle) is out will look more like this one, which isn't such a bad thing with the steals and even some dimes. He's a low-end option for those looking for short-term help.
Feb 4 - 1:30 AM

Nick Calathes made the first start of his career on Saturday vs. the Bucks with 22 points, five boards, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

He shot 8-of-12 from the field and the Bucks just didn't feel like defending him. It was a catch-and-shoot fest for the rookie with all four treys coming off an assist. Calathes getting 40 minutes is really the biggest takeaway here, so he's worth a look as a shooting guard-type pickup in some deeper formats. And with Mike Conley out for the next week with an ankle injury, Calathes should be getting all the minutes he can handle for the next four games or so.
Feb 1 - 10:40 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Mike Conley
2Beno Udrih
3Nick Calathes
SG1Courtney Lee
2Tony Allen
3Jordan Adams
4Luke Hancock
SF1Vince Carter
2Tayshaun Prince
3Quincy Pondexter
PF1Zach Randolph
2Jon Leuer
3Jarnell Stokes
C1Marc Gasol
2Kosta Koufos