Hernangomez gives the Celtics another potential floor-spacer in a bench role; Grizzlies continue to find some value in margins and will continue to be open to deals as franchise manages a roster numbers crunch ahead of 2021-2022 season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2021
Hernangomez’s time in Memphis did not last long, as he was acquired by the Grizzlies along with Jarrett Culver in the deal that sent Patrick Beverly to the Timberwolves a few weeks ago. Since it was such a short time between when that trade occurred and this one was agreed too, this deal will not become official until September 15th, the day when Dunn and Hernangomez can again be traded.
Deal can’t be formally completed until September 15, when Dunn and Edwards contracts are allowed to be aggregated in the trade. https://t.co/yz6EmpOu1r— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2021
When the Grizzlies announced the buyout agreement with Rajon Rondo, ESPN’s Bobby Marks made it seem as if Hernangomez may be the next player on the move from Memphis. In return, the Grizzlies are receiving Kris Dunn and Carsen Edwards, two backcourt pieces with different skillsets. Dunn is a veteran guard known for his defense while Edwards is known for the sharp shooting skills from his college days.
The interesting wrinkle in all of this is that it seemed that when Hernangomez would be traded, it would be in an effort to continue trimming down the Grizzlies’ roster to get to 15 guaranteed contracts by the start of the season. Before this trade, they were at 17 guaranteed contracts. Now, with Dunn owed $5M and Edwards owed just shy of $1.8M, the Grizzlies now have 18 guaranteed contracts on their current roster.
The main goal here seems to be the acquisition of better positioning with a future second round pick in an effort to improve future draft value. As for the roster, it seems Daniel Uteru, Sam Merrill, Dunn, and Edwards are potential choices for the 15th and final spot on the Memphis Roster. However, in Dunn, perhaps the Grizzlies also now have a reason to see if there is an opportunity to once shop Tyus Jones for future assets. While that is not as likely to happen as it could have been earlier this offseason, the Grizzlies once again have options to work with as they continue to finalize their roster for next season.
It seems, either through buyouts or other trades, more moves remain for Memphis in the coming days and weeks. As a result, there is a chance neither Dunn nor Edwards stay with the Grizzlies’ franchise for long themselves. If the Grizzlies can continue to gain future assets in the process, it certainly seems to be a positive for Memphis to continue creating extra long-term value with moves on the margins.