Grizzlies sign Watanabe to two-way pact

Yuta Watanabe is signing a two-way deal with the Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed forward Yuta Watanabe to a two-way contract, according to the team.

The 6-foot-9 Watanabe, an undrafted four-year senior out of George Washington, used a solid performance playing for the Brooklyn Nets in the Las Vegas Summer League to showcase his skills and lead to him signing with Memphis.

Watanabe, 23, averaged 9.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in five games in Las Vegas, shooting 41 percent from the field.

He averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 boards and 1.6 rejections at George Washington, shooting 36.4 percent from deep, and reportedly had several impressive pre-draft workouts for teams.

When Watanabe debuts for the Grizzlies next season, he will become only the second player from Japan to do so. Yuta Tabuse, a 5-9 point guard, played in four games for the Phoenix Suns in the 2004-05 season.