Another NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, and for the second consecutive year the Memphis Grizzlies were in the business of helping an Eastern Conference contender. Memphis also made a minor secondary move, exchanging bench pieces with the Houston Rockets.
In a three team deal, the Memphis Grizzlies sent Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, and Solomon Hill to the Miami Heat in exchange for Justise Winslow, James Johnson, and Dion Waiters. James Johnson then was sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Gorgui Dieng headed to Memphis.
The Grizzlies also sent Bruno Caboclo to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Jordan Bell, who was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Robert Covington deal.
So what is to come for the new Grizzlies?
Winslow is a 6-6 small forward that was taken 10th overall in 2015 out of Duke. The 23-year-old won a National Championship alongside Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen while playing for the Blue Devils. His career stat line stands at:
9.0 points 5.4 rebounds 2.7 assists, and .9 steals per game in 241 career games played.
Winslow has only played 11 games in 2019-20 due to a back injury, but his 2018-19 season is plenty of reason for excitement.
While Winslow likely won't be the next Grizzlies legend, if healthy, he has a chance to be the best starting 3 in Grizzlies franchise history were he to stick around and develop further. Winslow had time at point guard for Miami last season, and has the ability to guard all five positions.
The Big Question for Winslow: Will he get healthy and stay healthy?
Taking risks is a must for the Grizzlies in their market. If Winslow gets healthy, the front office has successfully added another core piece to the future of the franchise for next to nothing.
Also known as the “Senegalese Sniper”, Dieng is a 30-year-old, 6-10 center from the University of Louisville by way of Senegal. He was selected 21st overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2013 draft. His career stat line sits at:
7.9 points 6.2 rebounds, and 1 block per game in 498 career games played.
Dieng has only been a full time starter in one season of his career in Minnesota, but had an incredible stretch of play this season while Karl Anthony Towns was out with injury.
The Big Question for Dieng: Will he be the de facto back up center?
The answer to this question on the surface may seem obvious, but if the Grizzlies prefer small ball, Jordan Bell may be the true back up to Valanciunas going forward. Dieng has shown he belongs on the NBA floor, so how will Taylor Jenkins choose to deploy him?
Bell is a 25 year old 6-8 Forward/Center out of the University of Oregon — yes, he and Dillon Brooks were teammates and were taken in the same draft. He is an NBA Champion with the Golden State Warriors. His career stat line is:
3.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, .8 blocks in 152 games played.
This is obviously not impressive, but he has been a bench piece his entire career, so consider his PER 36 stats: 11.2 pts and 9.2 reb.
The Big Question for Bell: Will he have a role on this team?
Bell basically plays the same part that Brandon Clarke plays, but to a lesser level. With the 4 other bigs on roster, will Bell be able to carve out a rotation spot on this team going forward? Facing squads such as the Rockets, who go small, should present Bell opportunity to play over Dieng, but matchups may be the deciding factor for him.