On Thursday afternoon, the Memphis Grizzlies traded Wayne Selden, MarShon Brooks, and 2 future 2nd-round picks to the Chicago Bulls for swingman Justin Holiday.
On December 14, 2018 the Memphis Grizzlies attempted to trade Wayne Selden and MarShon Brooks in a 3-team deal that would have netted the Grizzlies Kelly Oubre. However, the 3 teams were not on the same page and the trade fell through. It was a complete shitshow, in which the teams apparently got MarShon and Dillon Brooks mixed up.
The Grizzlies were on their way to a home loss against the Miami Heat when the news first broke, and each of the players were subsequently informed that they had been traded following the game. Only to be told that the trade had fallen through and they would be staying in Memphis.
Since then the Grizzlies have won just 2 of their last 9 games, falling to 18-19 and below the .500 for the first time since the season opener.
Justin Holiday is a prototypical 3-and-D type player, shooting 35% for his career from behind the arc, including 36% so far this season on 7(!) attempts per game. The eldest Holiday brother is averaging 12 points, 4 boards, 2 assists, and 2 steals a game in the 18-19 season for the Bulls. Chicago had to trade Holiday away to fulfill their mission to tank this season, as Holiday has a skillset that could potentially help a team win games. He was always expected to be traded to a team hoping to making the Playoffs. Here is a nice trade review from the Pippen Ain’t Easy site.
Additionally, Holiday excels at shooting off of screens and corner 3’s, two things the Grizzlies are trash as hell at doing.
MarShon Brooks ranks 5th among guards in finishing efficiency in the half court this season. Justin Holiday, in contrast, ranks 10th in off screen scoring sandwiched between Bradley Beal and Kevin Durant.
— Synergy Basketball (@SynergySST) January 4, 2019
Justin Holiday ranks 2nd in the NBA in Corner 3s, a shot Memphis has struggled with; they have hit just 32% from the corners, which is worst in the NBA. Holiday is hitting 43% from there. pic.twitter.com/s8TL6zTuqe
— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) January 4, 2019
As for what the Grizzlies traded away, I was always a fan of MarShon and think he genuinely helped the team win. Hell, as Chris Vernon mentioned today he was in the rotation when the team was winning (and playing well against the Heat) before the trade rumors came-a-swirling. It still baffles me that he fell out of the rotation when he was one of the few playmakers on the roster, but, you know, Grizz.
Selden still has untapped potential but struggled with consistency during his tenure in Memphis. He could turn into a rotational player at some point, but the Grizzlies don’t have time to wait for his progression when trying to stay in the Playoff race this season.
The 2nd round picks could seem a bit excessive, but after the botched trade, not being able to win games, and the locker room altercation last night, a move had to be made.
Let’s hope Holiday can provide the Grizzlies with a much needed kick in the ass.
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[Feature Image from Chicago Tribune]