This morning, Sporting News reported that the Grizzlies are looking to trade the #4 pick, either to trade up to pick #1 or #2 or to trade down. In this scenario, trading down seems a lot more likely. Here are some potential trades the Grizzlies could make with the #4 pick:
1. Trade down with Los Angeles Clippers
Grizzlies Receive: #12 overall pick, #13 overall pick, Jawun Evans
Clippers Receive: #4 overall pick
Explanation: The Clippers have ton of assets, including 2 lottery picks in this draft. If the Grizzlies want to get a kick start on their rebuild, then this is the way to go. You can get two high caliber players (Zhaire Smith/Miles Bridges/Kevin Knox) rather than one, which is always a good place to start. For the Clippers, they already have many pieces, so getting one player who can help them right away would be more valuable.
2. Trade Down with Cleveland Cavaliers
Grizzlies Receive: #8 overall pick (via Nets), 2021 first round pick, Larry Nance Jr.
Cavaliers Receive: #4 overall pick
Explanation: The Cavaliers are trying one last-ditch effort to keep LeBron James, so they decide to trade up for the 4th overall pick. The Grizzlies are more than happy to take Cleveland’s 8th overall pick this year, a future first round pick, and another young player in Larry Nance Jr.
3. Grizzlies and Magic Get Creative
Grizzlies Receive: #6 overall pick, Nikola Vucevic, Wesley Iwundu
Magic Receive: #4 overall pick, 2020 first round pick, Ben McLemore, JaMichael Green, Ivan Rabb
Explanation: This trade is a lot to comprehend. The Magic move up in the first round of the 2018 draft, and get a first round pick in 2020 for Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic has quietly put up great numbers in the past few years, but has been stuck in Orlando. He only has one year left on his deal, but could be a great pick up for the Grizzlies if they can get him to sign an extension and play him next to Marc Gasol. From Orlando’s perspective, they get a pretty good return for Nikola Vucevic, who they possibly weren’t going to re-sign anyway. The other players in here aren’t too meaningful, they make the salaries work out.
4. Toronto Raptors Decide to Blow it Up
Grizzlies Receive: DeMar DeRozan, 2022 second round pick
Raptors Receive: #4 Overall Pick, 2020 first round pick, Chandler Parsons, Deyonta Davis, Ben McLemore,
Explanation: This trade is extremely far-fetched, but let’s say the Raptors decide that it’s time to rebuild. They trade Derozan to the Grizzlies for this year’s #4 overall pick and a future first round pick, while acquiring young players like McLemore and Davis. Parsons’ contract is probably the worst one in the NBA, but if you’re going to rebuild and be really bad, you might as well take the contract for the picks. For the Grizzlies, they get Derozan, who is under contract for 3 more years, to go along with Conley and Gasol who are under contract for 3 more years and 2 more years respectively. This is a nice core to keep the Grizzlies competitive.