Yes, Woj dropped yet ANOTHER bomb on all us unsuspecting fans of the NBA. The breakdown is as follows…
- Jazz Receive: PG Mike Conley
- Grizzlies Receive: SG Grayson Allen, SG/SF Kyle Korver, SF/PF Jae Crowder, 23rd pick in 2019 NBA Draft, future 1st round pick (being reported as a late lottery pick 2020 pick to translate to a lightly protected lottery in 2022)
This. Is. Amazing.
…well, for the Jazz. Conley and Mitchell are a 1-2 combo that people have been wanting to see ever since the Grizzlies said they were willing trade him. The defensive potential is ridiculous, and the offensive firepower will be able to run through a depleted West. Throw in the fact they will still have Ingles and Gobert on the team? Doubly amazing. Add the cherry on top with rumors coming out they are looking at pursuing a combo forward (like Trevor Ariza or Harrison Barnes) or 4-5 big that can space the floor (like Al Horford or Paul Millsap)? Sweet baby Jesus the Jazz are now legit contenders in the West.
Sure, the big downside to this trade is the haul that the Grizzlies got for Conley. Korver and Crowder are dead money, filler contracts, and they will be off the books at the end of next season. That’s good, since they can’t afford to have anymore bad money long-term. However, I do not think Grayson Allen is that good of a fit for their team. He does the same thing as their projected #2 pick Ja Morant, but he is way worse. He isn’t even that good of a shooting guard. The future pick could be good, but I don’t see it turning out into something special. The real value, unfortunately, is the 23rd pick. The 23 puts them in prime range to draft someone like Tyler Herro, Admiral Schofield, Isaiah Roby, PJ Washington, or Kevin Porter. This could be huge for the franchise, since they could get a really solid player to pair with Ja and 3J (Jaren Jackson, Jr.). Hopefully they make the right decision there, since that could likely spell out (in clear and bold letters) how the franchise will fair in this upcoming rebuild process.