Welcome back to another edition of Flip This Franchise!
To quickly recap from the last blog, the Grizzlies went on to bring in a total of 6 players in the 2020 NBA Free Agency period, with the biggest signing being shooting guard Caris LeVert on a 3yr/$51M deal. The next biggest signing was power forward Alec Peters on a 1yr/$7.5M deal, who will provide offensive versatility off the bench (B INS, A- MID, B 3PT). The other signings that we made will help provide depth to the backups that we currently have on the roster.
In terms of what’s next, I still wasn’t satisfied with the roster as a whole, primarily being the SG position. I felt that Caris LeVert was a bit too much to bring in, especially at $51M for an 80 OVR, and I wanted to bring in a player who could really mesh nicely with the current stars in Butler, Jackson Jr., and Cousins. With that said, I decided to make the following trade after free agency.
Grizzlies trade: Caris LeVert, SG / P.J. Washington, PF / ‘22 1st Round / ‘23 1st Round
Bucks trade: Malcolm Brogdon, SG
Through this Woj bomb, the Grizzlies acquire an 85 OVR SG in Malcolm Brogdon, who at 27 years old, has A- potential with a 2yr/$40M contract. In the third year of this series, I am trying to do everything possible to put the Grizzlies at the best odds possible to win a championship this year. If that means trading back-to-back first round picks, then so be it. With the way the Grizzlies have been playing, I am hopeful that those picks will be later round picks that diminish the overall value of them, making them easier to give-up. While we did have to lose LeVert and our second round draft steal in P.J. Washington, I am confident in the team’s depth moving forward. As a result of losing Washington, I went on to sign Jaron Blossomgame, another young sharpshooting PF to help fill the gap.
Overall, Brogdon is a former ROY and will provide immediate value to the Grizzlies backcourt presence. His A+ 3PT shooting should help significantly, which was an area that LeVert was lacking in as our starting SG. Additionally, Monte Morris, our current starting PG, has A+ 3PT, which means that there will be a good amount of splashing for the Grizzlies backcourt in 2020. Below I have included the Grizzlies depth chart heading into the 2020 NBA Season.
Current Depth Chart
PG: Monte Morris (80 OVR, age 25), Elfrid Payton (79 OVR, age 26), Raul Neto (75 OVR age 28)
SG: Malcolm Brogdon (85 OVR, age 27), Tony Allen (73 OVR, age 38), Dairis Bertans (71 OVR, age 31)
SF: Jimmy Butler (89 OVR, age 31), Cam Reddish (82 OVR, age 21), OG Anunoby (77 OVR, age 23)
PF: Jaren Jackson Jr. (88 OVR, age 21), Alec Peters (78 OVR, age 25), Jaron Blossomgame (73 OVR, age 26)
C: Demarcus Cousins (89 OVR, age 30), Mitchell Robinson (79 OVR, age 22), Tarik Black (73 OVR, age 28)
Stay tuned for the next Flip This Franchise where we will discuss how the Grizzlies are doing during the first half of the 2020 NBA Season. Think they made the right move by trading for Brogdon? Let me know how you feel on Twitter @christhorkilsen
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