Latest News, NBA / Dec 14, 2009 / 11:15 am

Von Wafer Parts Ways With Olympiakos; Next Stop Memphis?

Von Wafer

What started as a rumor early Friday morning came to fruition over the weekend: Von Wafer has parted ways with Olympiakos. And while the rumor mill has been churning that Wafer may sign with the Grizzlies once he is back stateside, the Memphis brass might want to reconsider after the following statement from Olympiakos head coach Panagiotis Giannakis:

“He had a playing philosophy that didn’t allow him to make the adjustments needed,” explained Giannakis on Saturday. “If somebody is not eager to try to change himself, then it is better for him and the club to part ways.”

After taking part in only thee of the seven Euroleague games the club played this season, management didn’t want to have a $2 million investment sitting on the bench. And just like any other former NBA player that heads to Europe, Wafer didn’t want to sit their either.

As Chris Herrington wrote in the Memphis Flyer on Friday, Wafer is a good signing. For the Rockets last season, Wafer shot 45% from the floor and 39% from three while averaging 9.7 points in fewer than 20 minutes per game. After seeing limited minutes with the Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets and Blazers to start his career, the 24-year-old from Florida State was just coming into his own.

To tell you the truth, I was surprised that Wafer wasn’t signed this summer. On July 15th, I had him as the No. 3 best available unrestricted free agent left on the market, and teams could have signed him for next-to-nothing like Sean May or Shelden Williams.

Why aren’t the Sixers interested while Lou Williams is on the DL? What about the Nets, Bobcats, Bulls, Timberwolves, Pistons or Clippers? They are all averaging less than 95 points per game and could use a young gun like Wafer to come in off the bench and score. Wherever Wafer signs, I hope he picks up where he left off last season.

What do you think? Should the Grizzlies sign Wafer? Should your squad be interested?

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  • Ducky The Truth

    i think they should. he’s a good quality role player.

  • http://www.facebook.com/loganlight loganlight

    Where would he fit in??? Memphis already has several shoot first players in Gay, Mayo, and Randolph…

    Bad fir for the Grizz. Maybe the Bulls could use him off the bench, the Heat, the Suns would make him a star.


  • LakeShow84

    I agree..

    It was a travesty he wasnt signed by a NBA team.. he helped keep Houston together when Tmac went down last year.. Problem seems to be his attitude..

    Gimme 2milli and ill clean everyones sneakers before the game and cook a meal for everyone after..


  • Diego

    Concur with post 2. I think the Bulls could definitely use him. It seem the loss of Gordon has really, really hurt the Bulls. Salmons just does not seem that explosive a scorer to me, and Pargo doesn’t seem to be delivering enough either.

  • Gunner J. Matthews

    I wouldnt mind seeing Von come back to Houston

  • isotope

    He’s been found out. Now everybody knows why he wasn’t resigned in Houston. He thought he was more than he was worth. I disagree with the person that said he kept the rockets together when TMac was out. Not that case at all. He was a great spark plug off the bunch that could put up points in a hurry. But he’s a defensive liability, not a great team player, and had a major run-in with the coach.

  • FrannyDavis

    His basically (pre-Chauncey) J.R. Smith lite…

  • obert

    Houston did a lot more than keep together last year, that huge win streak featured a significant amount of DNPs fo Yao and McGrady when the team was supposed to fall apart. I think Wafer would be a great 2 guard off the bench for pretty much any team in the NBA. If you arent relying on him for too much, he’ll be golden. I can see his ceiling being what Crawford is for Atlanta right now, his basement being Marquis Daniels on the Celtics.

  • Celtics10

    No for what? They have Gay Mayo Conley, saw tinsley last night an they drafted sam young who can play 2,3,4 sometimes. They have enough decent young talented wings let them gel

  • control

    There, their or they’re? Which witch is which? I hate being a grammar cop, but come on Dime, quit being lazy…

  • http://www.twitter.com/bfears bfears

    i think he should go to the bulls.

  • chris

    a defensive liability? not according to 82games.com, where 08/09 rockets were .2 points a game better with wafer on the floor than off…that’s better than lowry, or landry, or barry, or hayes, or mcgrady, and the same as brooks. HE ASKED FOR TOO MUCH MONEY… his agent told him he was worth it…half a season and a few million later, i hope he gets the opportunity to put up good nba numbers again, before he blows a knee…lots of teams need a shooter this good who plays adequate D…

  • karizmatic

    Someone should sign him, Von Wafer is a quality player. It really was a shame no one signed him in the offseason. Perhaps a team like the Jazz or Hornets could use him to give them a shot in the arm.

  • K Dizzle

    A nineteen year old made it thru the euro league and came back to tear it up for the Bucks and a 24 year old man who should be one of the best players over there can’t make it. This is about more than just hoops. Dude can obviously play, but there’s some issues that’ll come out eventually. That bein said, Philly, Cleveland, Jersey, Houston again Spurs and Minny should be callin

  • Seven Duece

    ^Co-signn KDizzle. He’s a known headache who happens to be able to score very well. If Vernon Maxwell could hold a job in the L, then Wafer will be getting calls as well.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Either he on some Kanye stuff in digging his own hype, or either people in his ear telling him he is more than he is.

    I am saying dude is a nice roll player and all, but he apparently has this notion that he should be a starter and the man on a squad or something.

    That is 1 run in in the states and 1 overseas. Take dude at your own risk.

    I don’t want to see him back at Houston and he need to get his head right and understand his star power still has to grown so he needs to take what he can get and make the most of it with no fuss. Dude actin like he Iverson and ain’t did nothing close to what Iverson has done.

    Did that last remark just for the Iverson haters (haaaa).

  • Guitar Hero

    Instant buckets.
    Apparently very low IQ as well.

  • http://www.petsocietyhelp.com Pet Society Help

    Let the ungrateful bum play the next 5 years of his life in the cba/aba/usbl.

  • http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/ProphetGK ProphetGK

    Bulls, Cavs, hell even Lakers…

  • Bjorn

    Does no one here remember him fighting with his coach and storming to the locker room in the playoffs last year? Attitude way out of whack.

    I guess some people view it as a quality in today’s NBA, but Von is a guy who is always in “heat check” mode. He does not possess the ability to pass.

    Someone mentioned the spurs above. Like them or not, the spurs have found success in staying away from players like this.

  • Anony

    Guys Von wafer is a straight gangster from the ghetto of LA. He is not going to listen to anyone or play to the coach’s needs. He left both teams for the same reason JR Smith is still on the bench in Denver.