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The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired forward and former lottery pick Josh Jackson and backup point guard DeAnthony Melton to the Phoenix Suns for veteran swingman Kyle Korver and point guard Jevon Carter, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Grizzlies will also receive a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 second-rounder, Wojnarowski reported. Also, according to Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian, the Grizzlies will only receive the 2021 pick if it falls between 31-35.
This was the second trade of the day for the Grizzlies, who earlier sent forward Chandler Parsons to the Atlanta Hawks for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee.
Unlike Hill and perhaps Plumlee, Jackson joins a younger core that includes second overall pick Ja Morant, first-rounder Brandon Clarke and second-year man Jaren Jackson Jr. The Grizzlies have some older veterans, too — with center Jonas Valenciunas agreeing to re-sign with the team and wing Andre Iguodala being acquired in a trade with the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Melton, too, played an underrated role with the Suns last season.
Meanwhile, the Suns were mostly making this deal as a way to clear salary, as Korver is expected to be waived, per Wojnarowski. If that’s the case, the 37-year-old sharpshooter is expected to be courted by the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.
Korver’s contract is partially guaranteed for $3.4 million, provided he’s waived by Sunday.
“Because Korver is part of the Mike Conley trade with Utah that hasn’t yet been completed, this deal can’t be made official until after the one is finalized,” Luke Adams of HoopsRumors explained. “Once both deals are done, the Grizzlies will pick up a former No. 4 overall pick (Jackson), as well as a second-rounder from last year’s draft (Melton), along with at least one future second-round pick.”