Former Kansas forward Perry Ellis was waived by the Charlotte Hornets and guard Wayne Selden by the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA teams announced Saturday.
The two former Jayhawks, who were not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, were trying to make the 15-man rosters of those particular teams as free agents.
Ellis, a 6-foot-8 native of Wichita, was able to play just four minutes in one preseason game as he rehabbed from Aug. 30 sports hernia surgery. The eighth leading scorer in KU history could ultimately decide to play for the Hornets’ NBA Development League team in Greensboro, N.C., this season. He also could head overseas. The D-League begins play on Nov. 11.
The Hornets also waived guard Rasheed Sulaimon and center Mike Tobey on Saturday.
Selden, a 6-5 guard from Roxbury, Mass., who joined the Grizzlies on Aug. 8, averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists while averaging 18.6 minutes in five preseason games. The Grizzlies also waived forwards JaKarr Sampson and D.J. Stephens on Saturday.
Selden also has the overseas option or could wind up with the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.
Former KU center Jeff Withey, who entered Utah Jazz training camp with a non-guaranteed contract, appears to have made the team. The Jazz cut forward Chris Johnson on Saturday, paring the roster to the maximum number of 15 players.
Withey, a 26-year-old fourth-year pro, averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds a game for the Jazz last season. He started 10 games. He averaged 12.9 minutes a game in 51 contests. Published reports indicate he is expected to earn $1,016,000 this season.
The 7-foot Withey, who played at KU during 2010-13, is the Jayhawks’ all-time shot blocker leader with 311.
Former KU guard Brannen Greene, an undrafted free agent, will enter the NBA Developmental League draft on Oct. 30 and likely play in the D-League this season, according to Chris Reichert of upsidemotor.com.
Former KU forward Thomas Robinson as of Saturday night was one of three players awaiting word whether he’d made the roster of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers have 14 guaranteed contracts and reportedly will keep either Robinson, Yi Jianlian or Metta World Peace.
“It’s out of my hands now,” Robinson told the Los Angeles Times. “I feel like I’ve done everything I can to this point to give myself the best shot that I can to make this team. It’s up to the front office now.”
Robinson, 25, has played for five teams in four seasons in the league.
Scott Ward, KU’s associate athletic director for academic and career counseling, is “doing great,” his wife, Robin, indicated Saturday on Facebook. She wrote that Ward, who suffered a tear in his aorta on Oct. 7 and had emergency heart surgery at University of Kansas Hospital, could be moved to an inpatient rehab facility as soon as clearance is given by Scott’s cardiologist.
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Wayne Selden Jr.
Wayne Selden Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for the University of Kansas. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Selden signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on August 8, 2016. He was waived by the Grizzlies on October 22 after appearing in five preseason games, and was subsequently acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on October 29, the Grizzlies’ affiliate team.
Perry Ellis is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of Kansas. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Ellis joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On September 23, 2016, he signed with the Charlotte Hornets, but was waived on October 22 after appearing in one preseason game.