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2022 NBA draft: 76ers trade 23rd pick Danny Green to Grizzlies for De’Anthony Melton

Ahead of the 2022 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers were actively buying their pick in the first round in order to receive recognized talent in return. Well, they found a trading partner.

Just before it was their turn to pick, the Sixers agreed to trade 23rd overall pick and veteran forward Danny Green to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for De’Anthony Melton. A source with knowledge of the team confirmed the deal with CBS Sports. This was reported by ESPN correspondent Adrian Wojnarowski.

The move makes sense for the Sixers as they get a young, two-sided player in Milton who plans to fit in well with Joel Embiid and James Harden in Philadelphia. Melton shoots 36 percent from long range and averages 1.3 steals per game. In addition, he is only 24 years old and has two more years left on his current contract. On paper, he seems to be exactly the kind of role player the 66ers should surround their stars with.

With the help of a pick they received from the Sixers, the Grizzlies selected Colorado State guard David Roddy. Roddy has serious advantages and should fit well with the rest of Memphis’ young core.

At this point, it’s unclear how much Danny Green will be able to contribute next season. The veteran tore his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee during the offseason and is expected to miss a significant amount of time as a result. His contract for the 2022/23 season is not guaranteed. The Grizzlies have until early July to guarantee a deal or not.

This seems to be the type of deal that both teams should feel pretty good about. The Grizzlies were able to add another promising young player to their promising roster, while the Sixers, who are determined to win, got a guy who should make an immediate contribution.

Trade marks

76ers: It’s probably not a move that will single-handedly propel the 66ers to their first Finals run since 2001, but it feels solid for a team that is aiming for a high-level win right now. Wing play and depth have been two issues for the Sixers in recent seasons, and Melton should help address both. Also, he’s comfortable playing off the ball and acting like a drop-drop type player, so he should pair well with guys like Embiid, Harden and Tyrese Maxey. The fact that Melton is 24 years old and still under control for two more seasons also adds to the value of the deal for Philadelphia. Grade: B

GrizzlyA: Given his current injury status, you can’t count on Danny Green as a player next season, so this trade is essentially a Melton-to-Roddy-to-Memphis trade. In this exchange, they received a younger and cheaper player. They also have a guy who is bigger and probably more versatile than Melton defensively, which seems to be what they were looking for. Roddy is a versatile player who can do a little bit of everything, although he needs to improve as a shooter from behind the arc. The Grizzlies are clearly counting on Roddy’s potential, and he definitely has it. Grade: B-

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