The Grizzlies officially announced their trade acquiring Jarrett Culver and Juancho Hernangomez from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for guard Patrick Beverley. The Grizzlies waived two-way player Sean McDermott to create the necessary open roster spot to facilitate the trade with Minnesota. The trade becomes official over a week after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first broke news of the trade on August 17th.
The @memgrizz today announced the team acquired Jarrett Culver and Juancho Hernangómez from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Patrick Beverley. In addition, the Grizzlies waived Sean McDermott. pic.twitter.com/mSs5UIoyVc— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) August 25, 2021
The Grizzlies flip Beverley, who was acquired in the trade that send Eric Bledsoe to the Los Angeles Clippers, to the Timberwolves to take a chance on former 6th overall pick Jarrett Culver and Juancho Hernangomez.
Culver could benefit from the change of scenery after finding himself at the end of the bench by the end of last season, before opting for season-ending ankle surgery. Culver showed flashes as a rookie, averaging 9.2 points and 3.4 rebounds. Culver struggled with his shot efficiency in his two seasons in Minnesota, averaging 40% from the field and 28.8% from beyond the arc. Culver still has upside as a solid defender with good size on the wing. Culver could become a legitimate 3 and D wing if he can regain his shooting from college where he shot 34% from beyond the arc. Culver has a $8.1 million team option the Grizzlies will have to decide on by November 1st.
Hernangomez and the Timberwolves seemed destined for a split this offseason after the Timberwolves blocked Hernangomez from playing for Spain this past summer in the Olympics due to a shoulder injury. Essentially, the Spain doctors cleared Hernangomez from his injury and deemed him fit to play, while the Timberwolves doctors felt it was in their best interest for him to continue rehab and sit out of the Olympics. Clearly that decision did not sit well with Hernangomez. Juancho doesn’t really fit on the Grizzlies current roster, with a handful of guys who figure to be ahead of him on the teams depth chart. I wouldn’t be shocked if Hernangomez is ultimately sent elsewhere to a team that could use a stretch-four, particularly one with a trade exception to take in Juancho’s $6.1 million salary. Hernangomez has a non-guaranteed deal for the 2022-2023 season, so a team searching for cap flexibility next offseason could also give the Grizzlies a call.
The Grizzlies still have work left this summer to cut down on their roster, especially following this trade with the Timberwolves. The Grizzlies now have 20 roster spots filled, the max allowed until they have to cut it down to 17 for the regular season. The Grizzlies have a little less than two months to trade or waive 4 guys as well as fill the vacant two-way spot left by McDermott. Yves Pons will be waived since he is on an exhibit 10 contract, but the Grizzlies have options with newcomers in Rajon Rondo, Daniel Oturu, Sam Merrill, Jarrett Culver and Juancho Hernangomez.
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