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Grizzlies sign Rodney Carney to a 10-day contract

MEMPHIS, February 21, 2011 – The Memphis Grizzlies have signed swingman Rodney Carney to a 10-day contract, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

A four-year star at the University of Memphis, the 6-7, 205-pound guard/forward returns to the Bluff City after averaging 5.0 points on .421 shooting (45-of-107 FG), including a career-best .459 mark from three-point range (17-of-37 3FG), in 13.2 minutes in 25 games for the Golden State Warriors earlier this season. The Warriors waived Carney on Jan. 4.

Currently in his fifth NBA season, the 26-year-old owns career averages of 6.0 points and 2.0 rebounds on .422 shooting in 15.5 minutes in 297 games (48 starts) with the Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers.

Carney finished his collegiate career with the Tigers ranked third in school history in scoring (1,901 points), second in games played (133) and first in three-pointers made (287). In his senior season (2005-06), Carney posted 17.2 points and 4.3 rebounds, earning the Conference USA Player of the Year Award and leading the Tigers to an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

After averaging 14.3 points and 4.9 rebounds over four years with the Tigers, Carney was drafted in the first round (16th overall) in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, who then traded his draft rights to Philadelphia.

Memphis’ roster now stands at 15. The Grizzlies will tip off their post-All-Star slate and seek a season-high tying fifth consecutive victory when they visit the Denver Nuggets at 8 p.m. CT tomorrow night at the Pepsi Center.