A blockbuster trade proposal has the Memphis Grizzlies sending star Ja Morant to one of their Southwest Division rivals in a move that would completely alter the outlook of the Western Conference.
In separate incidents this past March and May, the two-time All-Star made headlines when he flashed a gun during Instagram videos. Following the second incident, Morant was handed a 25-game suspension for the 2023-24 season.
The Grizzlies haven’t outright stated that they’re looking to deal the two-time All-Star, and Morant hasn’t requested a trade from the organization. But what if one of the Grizzlies’ main rivals makes an offer they can’t refuse?
At NBA Analysis Network, James Piercey proposed a blockbuster trade idea that has the Grizzlies sending Morant to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Reggie Bullock, Keldon Johnson, Malaki Branham and 2024, 2026 and 2028 first-round draft picks:
“Memphis isn’t exactly throwing Morant aside here, either. They’re getting a lot in return. Johnson has star upside in his own right – he’s not likely to be a franchise player, but he could make All-Star teams. Branham has flashed an upside as well. Both of these players would be strong additions if Memphis was moving Morant.
Finally, Memphis is landing a fair chunk of draft capital here as well. With three new unprotected first-round picks, they can go about rebuilding their team. With reigning Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane still young, they’ll have a head start.”
The Spurs were the lucky winners of this year’s NBA draft lottery. With the first overall pick, they selected Victor Wembanyama, who’s widely regarded as the greatest basketball prospect since LeBron James.
Now that the Spurs have Wembanyama, the front office may be keen on the idea of pairing him with another star. Without a doubt, a Wembanyama-Morant duo would make the Spurs a bonafide contender in the west.
In 61 games last season, Morant averaged 26.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game.
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