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Memphis Grizzlies have signed forward Killian Tillie to a new two-year, $4 million contract, ESPN reported. The undrafted sophomore from Gonzaga has played a prominent role lately with several players in NBA protocols.

Tillie has been on a two-way deal, which the Grizzlies converted to a standard NBA deal. Memphis had to create a roster spot for Tillie.

“The Memphis Grizzlies are signing two-way forward Killian Tillie to a new two-year, $4 million deal, sources tell ESPN. Tillie, a second-year player out of Gonzaga, has taken on a more prominent role lately with several teammates in protocols.”

Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN

As a result, they waived guard Sam Merrill, who is sidelined with an ankle injury. Tillie is a native of France and has averaged over 20 minutes in Memphis’ past four games.

He played 22 games this season, making a positive impact for the Grizzlies coming off the bench, as they are a top-4 team in the West this season.