The Memphis Grizzlies did not extend swingman Ronnie Brewer his $3.8 million qualifying offer, making the one-time Jazz lottery pick an unrestricted free agent.
If Brewer signs elsewhere, Memphis has no right to match.
And if he does, that would mean the Grizzlies sacrificed a protected first-round draft choice for someone who — because of a hamstring injury — played only five games for them.
Brewer was the Jazz's starting shooting guard until Utah traded him to Memphis in February for the aforementioned pick.
Protections on the pick, according to Fanhouse.com, are as follows:
It goes to Utah next season only if the Grizzlies make the playoffs; if not, it will be deferred to 2012, unless Memphis has a top-12 pick then; the protection then is top 10 for 2013 and top nine for 2014 and 2015; if it still hasn't been conveyed by 2015, Memphis must pay the Jazz $3 million.