I had heard for the past couple of days that a trade was a-brewin’ in the NBA. The Grizzlies, who held the No. 17 pick in this year’s NBA draft, wanted to move up to a lottery pick (top 14). Rumor had it that our 4th-year power forward/center/unicorn Jaren Jackson Jr. might be a trade piece.
So about 2:30 in the afternoon I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, and I saw this from the bartender at Max’s Sports Bar:
I miss Jonas already
NOOOOOO! Not the big guy! He was such a great fit for the program!
Here’s the trade, as reported by Bleacher Report:
New Orleans Pelicans get
Center Jonas Valanciunas
Grizzlies’ No. 17 pick in 2021 draft
Grizzlies’ No. 51 pick in 2021 draft
The Pels apparently think Jonas will work better in the frontcourt with Zion Williamson than Steven Adams did, and were willing to do first- and second-round pick swaps with the Grizz in the 2021 draft to get him. They were also willing to throw in the Lakers’ 2022 pick, which most likely will fall in the 15-30 (non-lottery) range. The pick is top 10-protected.
The Pelicans also dumped a fair amount of salary (both Adams and Bledsoe make about $18 million a year) in the trade. That will give them cap space to sign a free agent or match offers for restricted free agent Lonzo Ball, says ESPN’s Woj.
Bledsoe almost certainly won’t ever suit up for Memphis. He was brought onboard to be traded for young talent and future picks, as Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala were last season.
From Bleacher Report: Biggest winners and losers of Pels-Grizz trade. Notable loser: Justise Winslow, who is now going to have his team option declined.
One player the Grizz are said to have their eye on in the draft is Tennessee guard/forward Keon Johnson. However, in Bleacher Report’s latest stock up/stock down, Johnson fell to No. 18 so the Grizz wouldn’t have needed to make a move to get him. Call me biased, but if I were Memphis’ front office I’d take a good long look at Arkansas’ Moses Moody.
Two random pieces of wisdom I overheard yesterday:
- If you have sex on a pool table, be sure to put a pillow under your knees. Otherwise the felt will give you rug burns.
- If you eat catfish out of the Mississippi River, there’s a 90% chance you’re eating dead people. Catfish are bottom-feeders.
RiverArtsFest comes back Downtown this year following a year off for COVID. This year’s event will be held at the Renasant Convention Center. The juried artists’ booths will be inside, safe from the elements. The performances will be outside. The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24.
If you have Peacock and are willing to stay up a bit late: Olympic™ basketball, USA vs. Iran, comes on at 11:40 tonight.
It’s National Chicken Finger Day. There are dozens of places you can get those, but I’d recommend the ones at Bardog, fried and buffaloed.
The Shelby County Commission voted 13-0 yesterday to approve Dr. Michelle Taylor as the new head of the Health Department.
Tonight is Tasting Tuesday at Curfew. You can get on the Airtab app and enjoy social drinking with friends. Tonight’s cocktails: A”Maize”ing, Toasty & Tasty, Fly High Butterfly, Spike Your Juice.
The Redbirds host Gwinnett tonight at 7:10. It’s Nacho Average Tuesday, where every ticket includes a free order of Ballpark Nachos.
Getting back to the NBA draft – it’s Thursday night. Unless they change it up this year, the team with the #1 pick is on the clock at 6:30. Teams have 5 minutes to make first-round decisions and 2 minutes to make second-round decisions. That would put the Grizzlies at approximately 7:20 for the No. 10 pick and 9:20 for the No. 40.
The Daily Memphian’s Grizzlies coverage is so good that it alone is worth the price of a monthly subscription. Drew Hill cited a report by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor that the Grizzlies’ front office may not be done wheelin’ and dealin’ and there could be a move into the top 5 in the draft.
That’s it for today. Back tomorrow with more news.