The Memphis Grizzlies are finalizing a trade that will send big man Jonas Valanciunas and the Nos. 17 and 51 picks in the 2021 NBA Draft to the New Orleans Pelicans for guard Eric Bledsoe, Steven Adams along with the 10th and 40th picks in this year’s draft, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Memphis will also receive a protected 2022 first-round pick via the Los Angeles Lakers.


The trade gives the Grizzlies a veteran guard in Bledsoe to join a relatively young team that made a splash this season when it beat the Golden State Warriors in the play-in tournament to secure the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. However, Chris Haynes of Yahoo reports that the newly acquired Bledsoe isn’t expected to stay in Memphis. For the Pelicans, they move off both Bledsoe and Adams, the latter of which should help create more space for Zion Williamson to operate on the floor without Adams clogging the paint.

Courtesy: CBS Sports


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