Without further adieu, let’s trade some Grizzlies, shall we?
Lou Williams for Vince Carter, Wade Baldwin IV, and MIA 2017 or 2018 2nd
I wanted to start out with the one I have seen Grizzlies Twitter talking about the most. According to Basketball Reference, Lou Williams is averaging a career best in points per game at 18.6 and three-point percentage at 38.6%. He is in the conversation of 6th Man of the Year and has major value at this point of the year. He would be the perfect piece to Memphis’s turbulent situation at shooting guard.
However, I personally do not see any way the Los Angeles Lakers agree to this deal at this price. They already have a future at point guard with D’Angelo Russell, so Baldwin IV wouldn’t be enticing for them. The Heat second round pick just isn’t enough even with the pick probably being in the first half of the second round. To compare from last year, even Jeff Green was dealt for a first round pick. Unfortunately, the pieces just do not line up correctly for the Grizzlies to deal for Lou Williams’ inflated value.
Eric Bledsoe for Zach Randolph, Wade Baldwin IV, MIA 2017 or 2018 2nd, and BKN 2019 2nd
This is my favorite big time move for the Grizzlies that I came up with. The Suns have an odd situation right now. They have Eric Bledsoe playing at a career level averaging 21.6 points and 6.3 assists per game and a quality 21.5 PER. The team is young and in a “rebuilding” mode, but Bledsoe has been incredible and is a few years older than their team’s average age. His value has never been higher, which could be bad for Memphis, but I’ll get back to that.
The biggest question is, Bledsoe is a point guard and the Grizzlies already have Conley, so why would they want this? The answer comes from the two guard system that Bledsoe played in with Goran Dragic a few years back. In his 43 games played in the 2013-2014 season, which was shortened because of a meniscus injury, he averaged 17.7 points and 4.7 assists a game at the two guard. The only flaw in this is he would be a very small two guard at 6’1”. That year he had his worst defensive rating in Phoenix. Given the grit n’ grind culture, it would be a hard sell for what would have to be traded away in this deal.
If this deal was presented, Memphis would have a tough decision. It would be giving away a core Grizz player who has been on a tear this year in order to implement an offense first, two guard system with Conley and Bledsoe speeding up the pace. Personally, I believe that pace is what runs this league so that is the way to go, but in saying that, I do not think this is enough for Phoenix to agree. Bledsoe is playing at such a high level that a first rounder is necessary.
Terrence Jones for MEM 2021 2nd and cash considerations
This trade would be nothing more than upgrading Toney Douglas as the 15th man on the roster. It would be taking a flyer on a guy who has played well this season, and it could be taking advantage of the logjam in the New Orleans new front court. He’s averaging 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds a game off the bench for the Pelicans. It would not be a huge move, but it would be an interesting wrinkle to the roster that would bring athleticism and depth to the bench.
Darren Collison for Vince Carter, MIA 2017 2nd or 2018 2nd and another second rounder
As everyone has heard by now, Sunday night DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in the biggest trade this season. This could be good news for Memphis as buyers. According to NBC sports, the Kings are now saying that the team is still willing to deal. Sacramento and their dumpster fire of a front office could be a good trade partner to get a cheap rental for the Grizz.
Collison is on an expiring deal that Sacramento would love to get any kind of value from. He is a much cheaper and better fit for Memphis. He is having a quality year averaging 13.7 points and 4.2 assists per game and is having the best defensive year of his career.
As mentioned with Bledsoe, this would make for an interesting two guard system with two true ball handlers. Even shorter than Bledsoe at 6’0”, Collison would be an upgrade for an interesting small backcourt lineup. This year he is shooting a career high from 3-point range at 42%, so shooting would not be affected. Chris Wallace and company need to really consider this move to take advantage of the fire sale going on in Sacramento.
All in all, I do not see the Grizzlies making a move at the deadline. They just do not have enough assets right now that they should be willing to give away. The team has proved it can beat the best teams in the West, and they should be happy about that. It will be another hard path to a championship, but, if the regular season as showed anything, the team Memphis has now does not need to be changed to compete with the best competition this season.
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