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Late last night, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Fab Melo cleared waivers following his release from the Memphis Grizzlies three days ago.
Melo was traded to Memphis following the display of his unimproved game during the Orlando Summer League, where he averaged 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 18.2 minutes per game. And in addition to his mediocre numbers, Melo appeared to be out of shape and lost whenever he took the floor. In fact there was no sign of even the smallest stride forward from one year to the next. 

As of now, Memphis is on the hook for the $1.3 million the Brazilian center is slated to make over the course of the 2013-14 season. And since his contract is guaranteed for the upcoming year, the Grizzlies are obligated to pay Melo that money whether he plays 82 games or none for the franchise. But given the fact they have already released him, I'd say it's safe to say he won't be getting a chance to put on a Grizzlies uniform.

Taking Fab Melo 22nd overall in the 2012 NBA Draft was surely a risk that the Boston Celtics thought was worth taking. Now it will be interesting to see if there's another franchise in the Association that still believes he could develop into a serviceable center in the NBA. 
 


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