- The Memphis Grizzlies and Boston Celtics executed a trade earlier today.
- Forward Juancho Hernangomez will land in Boston, while Carsen Edwards and Kris Dunn should go in the opposite direction.
- The Grizzlies are making big pushes to create a solid playoff team.
The Grizzlies aren’t stopping, and they arranged a deal with the Boston Celtics to get them two more backcourt players. Taylor Jenkins can be satisfied with the latest trade because it opens a lot of possibilities for his unit. We can say the same for the Celtics.
Juancho Continues his Journey
The Spanish forward was traded from Denver to Minnesota in February 2020, which seemed like a good decision. Some 15 months later, on August 25 this year, Minnesota shipped the Spaniard with Jarret Culvert to Memphis, and the Grizzlies quickly got rid of him.
He will move to Boston while guards Carsen Edwards and Kris Dunn land in Tennessee. The trade includes swapping picks in 2026. This deal won’t become valid until September 15 because of Dunn and the fact that he arrived in Boston last month in a different trade.
Dunn and Bruno Fernando came from Atlanta, the Cs sent Tristan Thompson to Sacramento, and the Kings traded Delon Wright to Georgia.
Carsen Edwards has been in the Celtics’ rotation over the past two years, after coming out of Purdue as the 33rd pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Throughout the Summer League, he was one of the key players in Boston, but the franchise from Massachusetts had to sacrifice him in order to fill in critical positions.
One of them was the second-unit power forward spot, where the Celtics don’t have too many options. With Hernangomez’s arrival, the situation will be slightly better.
Grizzlies Want to Become a Regular Playoff Team
In 2021, Memphis entered the playoffs from the play-in tournament, reaching the eighth seed and then falling to Utah Jazz in the opening round of the postseason, 4-1.
Their management was very active throughout the summer, making several notable trades, among them shipping Jonas Valanciunas to New Orleans for Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, and two picks from this draft.
Following that, they sent Bledsoe to the LA Clippers and got Patrick Beverly, Rajon Rondo, and Daniel Oturu, quickly moving away from the first two.
Taylor Jenkins has many options on the roster now and players who are usable on the court and in some future trades.
Memphis is currently +105 to reach the playoffs in a very harsh and tough Western Conference. Their odds to win the West are +5000 and the NBA title +1000.
Celtics’ Unclear Future
Giving a massive contract to Kemba Walker was a massive mistake too. The same goes for Kyrie Irving. That is the harsh reality of the Celts, who formed a very talented core a few years ago but failed to upgrade it properly. From this distance, it seems that moving on from Terry Rozier is a bad judgment because Boston could have saved a lot of money and have a player who already had some connection with the rest of the team.
At the moment, the Cs are no longer one of the contenders to win the East, and the odds (+2000) are clear proof of that.