Sources: Memphis and Dallas are agreed on a sign-and-trade for G Delon Wright. Dallas will send Memphis two second-round picks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2019
There were whispers of the Mavericks extending an offer sheet to Wright out of Dallas. However, it’s interesting to see the Grizzlies agree to a sign-and-trade instead of matching the offer. Making such a move must be the Grizzlies seeing too much money or years for Wright’s new deal — 3 years, $29M.
Memphis will also create a trade exception worth half of the outgoing salary for Delon Wright. The Grizzlies are right at a projected $115M in salary.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 7, 2019
Delon Wright was a nice contributor after the Marc Gasol trade last season, averaging 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in 26 games with Memphis. More notably, he finished the season with triple-doubles in three of the last four games.
With Wright, he could’ve been an overpaid veteran backup for Ja Morant, which would’ve been an acceptable decision. However, the price was a tad too high. Besides, he would certainly get the opportunity to start in Dallas.
This move leaves the Grizzlies in a small predicament though. It was nice to receive some assets in the form of second-round picks, but where do they go for the backup point guard situation? Do they try to sign a cheaper backup point guard left on the market? Or do they try to roll with a young duo of Ja Morant and DeAnthony Melton for point guard depth? Or should they experiment with Kyle Anderson?
Knowing this savvy front office, this question may be more clear with another move coming very soon.
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