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Grizzlies and Rockets Complete a Trade

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The Memphis Grizzlies have traded veteran center Steven Adams to the Houston Rockets for shooting guard Victor Oladipo and three draft picks. 

The three draft picks sent from Houston to Memphis in the deal were:

  • The Thunder’s 2024 second-round pick

  • Either the Nets’ 2024 second-round pick (protected 54-58) or the Warriors’ 2024 second-round pick (protected 56-58) (whichever is most favorable)

  • Either the Rockets 2025 second-round pick or the Thunder’s 2025 second-round pick (whichever is most favorable). 

The Grizzlies made a financial move here, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Memphis faces some tough contract decisions for the 2024/2025 season. Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Marcus Smart are all players set to make at least $20MM or more next season. Xavier Tillman was their only free agent until they acquired Oladipo and his expiring contract. The Grizzlies will most likely look to move Oladipo or they may buy him out to open up a spot on their 15-man roster. 

Oladipo was averaging 10.7 points a game at the time of the trade. The 10-year veteran has averaged 16.9 points over his career, including back to back All-Star games in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 with the Indiana Pacers. 

Oladipo is known for his defense and still has enough athleticism to be a threat to get to the basket. He is a bit undersized at 6’4” and has never established himself as a comfortable mid range shooter. 

Oladipo’s Draft Nation Stats- 1st round pick (2nd overall) 2013 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

The Rockets get themselves a quality big man they can use to help with the growth of rising star Alperen Sengun. Although Adams has not played a game this season after suffering a PCL sprain in last year’s playoffs and undergoing surgery and a stem cell injection in his right knee. 

Adams, 30, is still a rebounding machine and will be a solid addition to the Rockets' lineup for the 2024-2025 season. A 10-year-veteran who has averaged 9.2 points and 8.2 rebounds a game throughout his career, he will add stability and depth to the Rockets' lineup when he is cleared to play. 

The 6’11” Adams is a feisty and tough player who will make his presence known and is not afraid to use his body and be a physical force. He is a solid shot blocker and plays a good one-on-one post game, with the ability to score from in close. He is not much of a passer and will not stretch defenses. He can be foul prone at times and minutes are affected by this.

Adams' Draft Nation Stats- First round pick (12th overall) by the Oklahoma Thunder in 2013.

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