Reports: Pelicans, Grizzlies finalizing trade before NBA Draft – - Techy Hunters


Monday, July 26, 2021

Reports: Pelicans, Grizzlies finalizing trade before NBA Draft –

Steven Adams (right) and Jonas Valanciunas reportedly will be included in a trade that is being finalized.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a deal that will send center Jonas Valanciunas and 2021 NBA Draft picks to New Orleans for center Steven Adams, guard Eric Beldsoe and Draft picks, according to multiple reports. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first to report the deal.

The Grizzlies reportedly will flip the 17th and 51st picks in this Thursday’s NBA Draft to the Pelicans for the 10th and 40th pick, plus a 2022 first-round pick.

The deal will create salary cap space for the Pelicans, who acquired Adams and Bledsoe last offseason.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Bledsoe is expected to remain on the move and not stay with Memphis. He averaged 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season with the Pelicans and shot 42.1% overall, his worst mark since the 2016-17 season.

Both big men are known for their rugged play and Valanciunas averaged career-highs for points (17.1) and rebounds (12.5) over 62 games with Memphis last season. Adams averaged 7.6 points and 8.9 rebounds, which were slight from the usual double-double type figures he has enjoyed throughout his career.

Adams is entering his ninth season, the first seven of which were spent with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Valanciunas is entering his 10th season and was traded once before when the Toronto Raptors dealt him to the Grizzlies in the 2018-19 season. will have more on this story as it develops.

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