Welcome back to another edition of Flip This Franchise!
With free agency officially wrapped up, the Grizzlies head into the 2021 NBA Season with a roster that has a lot of question marks on it. With a total of five active point guards on the roster, the team could be looking to trade one of the recent signees before the start of the regular season. In this sense, Monte Morris, Elfrid Payton, Frank Mason, Fred VanVleet, and even Scottie Pippen Jr. could all be on the market, with Morris and Pippen Jr. being the less likely ones to be traded.
With the PG position at an overload, depth in the frontcourt is an area that the Grizzlies would like to improve. Last season, the Grizzlies battled with injuries throughout the season to big men DeMarcus Cousins and Mitchell Robinson. As a result, the team had to bring in Dewayne Dedmon at the C position to help fill the void.
Dedmon ultimately wasn’t resigned at the end of the season, leaving the Grizzlies to bring in rebounding specialist Willie Reed on a one-year deal, a player that should see minimal minutes depending on Cousins and Robinson’s health.
With this said, I wanted to bring in a guy who could be used as a dual-threat at the PF and C position. Someone that necessarily wouldn’t provide significant minutes but had the potential to be great and the skills to provide right away. In this case, I decided to make the following trade post-free agency.
Grizzlies trade: Fred VanVleet, PG / ’22 2nd Round (Pistons) Swap Worst (CHI)
76ers trade: Jonah Bolden, PF
With the addition of Jonah Bolden, the Grizzlies are getting a quality young PF with great potential, while only having to give up one of their 5 PG’s and a future 2nd round pick. Bolden, at 25 years of age, boasts an overall of 77 with A- INS D, A REB, and B + POT.
The addition of Bolden adds much needed depth to the PF position for the Grizzlies, as they currently have Jaren Jackson Jr at an 89 OVR, the franchise cornerstone, and Alec Peters at a 78 OVR who provides excellent range and mobility at the offensive end for his size. With these three PF’s in place, the Grizzlies now have versatility at the offensive and defensive end. Not to mention, having each player under the age of 26 allows more time for development throughout the next few seasons.
Stay tuned for the next Flip This Franchise where an even bigger trade may be on the horizon…
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