It’s a monumental day for Grind City. On Wednesday, the Grizzlies traded away Mike Conley — the last remaining member of the legendary Core Four that won the hearts and minds of Memphis hoops fans with their tough and persistent style of play.
Late in the morning, Shams Charania reported on the trade between Utah and Memphis. These two teams have long been pinned as trade partners for the veteran guard.
This trade includes Utah’s first round pick this year at number 23 and a future first round pick with the protections outlined by the Daily Memphian’s Chris Herrington.
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Jae Crowder: The 28 year old forward will be on the books for $7.8mm for the 2019-20 season and will be an unrestricted free agent after that. Last season in Utah, he played in 80 games and averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds and shot 33% from three. We may find that he is a player who could be sought after by a contender looking for some depth later in the year.
Kyle Korver: The 16 year NBA veteran and one time All-Star brings with him a wealth of basketball experience. Korver will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-20 season. He has an interesting contract that is for $7.5 million, but is only partially guaranteed to the tune of $3.44 million if he is waived on or before 7/7/19. Keep an eye on this as it gives the Grizzlies a chance to shed some more salary should they chose to go that route. Korver averaged 20 minutes per game for the Jazz last season and knocked down over 2 three pointers per game.
Grayson Allen: He is 23 years old and is making $2.5mm per year next season and will be at the mercy of team options for the following two seasons. Allen was the 21st overall pick in last summer’s draft. Many folks will remember him from his not-so-polite antics at Duke while in college. It will be interesting to see if Grizzlies fans embrace or hate Allen. Last season Allen made 38 appearances last year at the NBA level and 12 appearances in the G League.
The salary cap impact of the trade for the Grizzlies is quite significant with Conley’s salary coming off the books sooner than later. Also, don’t forget about Chandler Parsons. The Grizzlies will have moved on from him this time next year and will have ample space to make a significant move to attempt to lure a free agent to Memphis — however unlikely that may be.
Zak (@BarnBurnerBro) is a native Memphian who covers the Memphis Grizzlies, Tigers, and St. Louis Cardinals for The Barn. He spends his free time exploring breweries, restaurants, and leading the Ivan Rabb stan club.