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23 minutes ago, GrizzTigerFan said:

Trading with PHO would be the surefire way we could get either Hunter or Reddish.   One of them should be available there.   Only problem is that Conley could threaten to opt out after next season and hurt the chances of the trade.

Memphis Grizzlies Get: No. 6 pick, Tyler Johnson (must pick up player option), TJ Warren

Phoenix Suns Get: Mike Conley

There's a good case to be made the Grizzlies should keep Mike Conley around until the trade deadline to mentor Ja Morant, assuming they select the Murray State point guard at No. 2 overall. 

If a longer stay for Conley means a few more wins and a worse pick conveying to the Boston Celtics in 2020, that's not so bad, either.

Then again, the Grizzlies lucked into a higher pick than expected, and they might want to lean into a rebuild as hard as possible. Adding the No. 6 pick would give them a third young talent to grow with Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.

The Suns, long a paragon of dysfunction, could certainly use a steady veteran influence. In Conley, they'd get that and help at a position of dire need. Phoenix may have had its hopes pinned more strongly to Morant than any other team (though the Chicago Bulls might beg to differ), but it can still fill its void at the point this way.

If the Suns are realistic about where they're likely to finish in next year's standings, maybe they'd balk at adding a 31-year-old due to make $67 million over the next two seasons. But when have they ever been realistic about where they are in the rebuilding process? They thought they'd be a playoff team in 2018-19, for crying out loud.

Shots at the Suns aside, Conley could expedite the growth process for Deandre Ayton and the rest of the young contributors on hand. There's value in that, too.


It’s now time for the Grizzlies to enjoy their stroke of great fortune and take Morant at No. 2 overall, to pair with Jaren Jackson Jr. and the Suns’ No. 6 pick, while giving Conley a new home.

Conley is late in his career (32), but still playing at a near-All-Star level. He carried Memphis on his back to 33 wins and has just two (expensive) years left, which includes an early termination option, on a bloated contract.

Conley would be the perfect floor general for Booker, Bridges, Oubre and Ayton for the next year or two.

Either way it goes i really see PHO picking up the phone.     We do this trade and the rebuild is over.   We go officially into full developing team mode to make playoffs in year two.  


Make it happen by any means 

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7 minutes ago, Dwash said:

The Suns also become a serious team to FA's if they do this. They just arent some place for vets like Ariza or Tyson Chandler to get a retirement deal but a place where a talented forward might take seriously.

Yep.     Utah and Detroit (Ed Stefansky) are going to gear up bigtime to go after him too.    Phoenix should be a real possibility tho. 

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Ja Morant has officially signed with the Grizzlies. 



Memphis, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that the team has signed 2019 first round draft pick Ja Morant to a multi-year contract.


“We are thrilled to formally welcome Ja Morant to our organization,” said Grizzlies Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Zachary Z. Kleiman. “He is a high character individual and a unique talent. We look forward to building with Ja as we establish a dynamic team in Memphis for years to come.”


Selected with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Morant (6-3, 175) was named the 2018-19 Lute Olsen National Player of the Year and won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard as a sophomore at Murray State University. The 19-year-old Dalzell, South Carolina native averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, a nation-best 10.0 assists and 1.76 steals to lead the Racers to a 28-5 record last season, becoming the first player to average at least 20 points and 10 assists per game since the NCAA officially began counting assists in 1983-84.


A consensus 2018-19 All-America First Team selection, Morant guided Murray State to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament and posted the ninth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists in a first-round upset of Marquette.

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There is no footage of Ja working on his game right now, I hope he focus most of his time on ball handling and shooting, most of the videos I see he talks that be wanna work on absorving contact and adding strenght. But the elite offensive players of late: Doncic, Young, Kawhi, Curry, KD... work most on these two things to become what they are in terms of dominating a game.

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