Earlier today, the Grizzlies were involved in a salary dump trade with the Hawks. Clearly, the front office in Memphis is setting themselves up for the future because they’ve made yet another deal.
The days of Mike Conley and Marc Gasol leading the Grizzlies are long gone, as the franchise ushers in a new era of talent. This time around it’ll be Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson as their foundational pieces.
More help is on the way for Memphis’ young core, which will now add the No. 4 overall pick from the 2017 NBA Draft.
According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowksi, the Suns have traded Josh Jackson, DeAnthony Melton, a 2020 second-round pick and 2021 conditional second-round pick to the Grizzlies for Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter.
Phoenix is expected to negotiate a buyout with Korver, allowing him to play for a contender.
It’s unfortunate to see the Suns give up on Jackson, a former one-and-done star at Kansas, before he enters his third season.
The Grizzlies are trading Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter to the Suns for DeAnthony Melton, Josh Jackson 2020 second-round pick and 2021 conditional second-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2019
The Suns now have the necessary cap space to complete their signing of Ricky Rubio.
As for the Grizzlies, they’ll take a chance on Jackson in hope that they can maximize his potential. He finished his second season in the NBA averaging 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Memphis has been extremely aggressive this offseason, orchestrating trades with multiple teams.
Expect more player movement to occur throughout this summer in the NBA.