Killian Tillie signs a standard contract with Grizzlies

By Johnny Askounis/ [email protected]

French two-way player Killian Tillie has inked a standard contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, the team announced.

Tillie, 23, had signed a two-way contract as an undrafted rookie in 2020 and re-signed another two-way deal prior to the 2021-22 NBA Regular Season. His new contract is worth $4M stretching until the end of the 2022-23 season, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Injured Sam Merrill was waived.

Per the press release: “The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team signed forward Killian Tillie to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a related move, the Grizzlies waived guard Sam Merrill.

Tillie (6-10, 220) has appeared in 40 games (one start) in his first two seasons with the Grizzlies and has averaged 3.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11.5 minutes. The 23-year-old also has started two games for the NBA G League’s Memphis Hustle and has averaged 11.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 29.6 minutes.

A native of Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, Tillie played collegiately at Gonzaga University, where he shot at least 40% from 3-point range in all four years with the Bulldogs and earned 2019-20 All-WCC First Team honors as a senior. After going unselected in the 2020 NBA Draft, he signed a two-way contract with the Grizzlies on Nov. 24, 2020, and re-signed on Aug. 11, 2021.

Merrill (6-4, 205) appeared in six games for Memphis this season and averaged 4.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.7 minutes. Selected with 60th overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft out of Utah State University, Merrill holds NBA career averages of 3.2 points and 1.0 rebounds in 8.1 minutes in 36 games (two starts) for the Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks. Memphis acquired the 25-year-old from Milwaukee along with two future second round draft picks on Aug. 7, 2021.”

The open two-way slot went to Tyrell Terry, as announced.

Per the press release: “The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team signed guard Tyrell Terry to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Terry (6-1, 170) has appeared in 13 games over his first two seasons with the Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks since he was selected by Dallas with the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The 21-year-old started all 13 appearances for the NBA G League’s Memphis Hustle as a rookie last season and averaged 14.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 29.4 minutes.

The Minneapolis native started 31 games and averaged 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.39 steals in 32.5 minutes while shooting 40.8% from 3-point range during his lone season at Stanford University, where he was named to the 2019-20 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.

Per NBA rules, teams are permitted to have a maximum of two players under two-way contracts in addition to the players under standard NBA contracts. A two-way player for the Grizzlies is also eligible to provide services to the Hustle, the Grizzlies’ NBA G League affiliate.”

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