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The Memphis Grizzlies waited until the last hour to start marking their trades. In true Memphis fashion they waited until the very last minute. Several trades happened at just about the same time for the Grizzlies.

Garret Temple and JaMychal Green

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple to the Los Angeles Clippers for Avery Bradley. There are no picks that being involved in this deal right now.

Avery Bradley is playing almost 30 minutes per game for the Clippers this year and averaging 8 points and 2.7 rebounds this year.

Marc Gasol

The return here isn’t exactly glamorous, as you would want a first-round pick for Marc Gasol. However, getting Jonas Valanciunas and Delon Wright is much better than getting Bismack Biyombo and Michael Kidd-Gilcrest, as both players actually make sense next to Jaren Jackson Jr.

Valancuinas is an extremely productive center that could either play alongside Jaren or off the bench as a bucket-getter. He’s averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in under 19 minutes a game — translating to an insane 24.5 points and 13.8 rebounds per 36 minutes. He can surely help the Grizzlies compete on the glass, as they’ve gotten smoked there all season.

Delon Wright was stuck in no man’s land behind Lowry and Fred Van Vleet. He’s a big point guard that’s an upgrade over Shelvin Mack. His age (27) and restricted free agency are tricky situations, but he can play — averaging 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 18.3 minutes per game.

CJ Miles was an addition that was two or three years too late, but he’s not a bad veteran to have around the team. With the 2024 second-round pick, it could be an early second-round pick, as this current Raptors core — aside from Siakam and Kawhi Leonard, who can leave this summer anyways — is north of 30 years old. Even if you’re disappointed it isn’t a first-round pick, this pick could be valuable in the long run.

Shelvin Mack

Our long regional nightmare is over.

Shelvin Mack started the season off like a bat out of hell, then cooled considerably and has drawn the ire of Grizzlies fans of late. It wasn’t entirely fair - he was asked to do far too much for his skill set, playing the shooting guard role more than he should have instead of being a true backup point guard. Now, he goes to Atlanta.

Tyler Dorsey, the 6’5” former teammate at the University of Oregon of Dillon Brooks, is 22 years old and is shooting pretty horribly from the field (36% overall) in limited minutes on a bad team in Atlanta. He is exactly the type of player Memphis should be taking flyers on, though - young guys who perhaps could develop over time, and can be had for relatively cheap. He shot 41.6% for his career at Oregon from beyond the arc - maybe that will improve with a change of scenery and a larger role.

Mike Conley Staying in Memphis

Mike Conley will be staying in Memphis.

It appears the Grizzlies may have bit the bullet with the Gasol trade in terms of not getting the value they wanted initially, but Memphis put their foot down with their best player/asset, and rightfully so. From Joe Mullinax’s Trade Primer today-

While Memphis is motivated to move on from Mike, it doesn’t have to be rushed. Conley leading the transition to the rebuild, even without Gasol by his side, could be beneficial to the Grizzlies. He can demonstrate professionalism, he can serve as a reason for the fans to continue to come out and watch the team, and perhaps most importantly with Conley in the fold your odds of conveying that 2019 1st round pick to Boston are that much better in what is widely assumed to be a weaker draft.

Derrick Favors, Ricky Rubio, a 1st round pick and 2nd round pick is not awful value for Mike. But it also is by no means a home run. Conley’s value doesn’t figure to drop too much, health permitting, and Memphis can look to acquire something for him on draft night or elsewhere. While he is playing some of his best basketball now, the Grizzlies have some leverage here. A Gasol deal is a more pressing need...Mike should be in addition to, if the right deal came along...

The odds of that pick conveying just got a lot better. While Mike being on the squad without Marc will take some getting used to, the Grizzlies can try to get max value for Conley this summer, when more teams can theoretically be in play for his services.

Casspi released, Bruno sticking around?

With five players coming in via trade, and four going out, Memphis was going to have to waive someone. Omri Casspi, on a veteran’s minimum deal and recovering from a knee injury, made the most sense. We wish Casspi the best - he was a shot of life for the struggling Grizzlies at times, and hopefully he recovers and can help a team next season.

Bruno Caboclo possibly signing for the year, and then some, makes a ton of sense. While MarShon Brooks’ similar contract last season was a mistake, this is more about what may be down the road than swing at a “poor man’s Tyreke Evans”. Bruno’s physical tools and youth make him, much like Dorsey above, worthy of the team’s financial and roster spot investment. Here’s to hoping Bruno sticks around.

This post will be updated as further news develops.

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