2022 NBA Draft: 76ers trade Danny Green, No. 23 pick to Grizzlies for De’Anthony Melton

2022 NBA Draft: 76ers trade Danny Green, No. 23 pick to Grizzlies for De’Anthony Melton

Prior to the 2022 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers were actively shop their first-round pick in order to land established talent in return. Well, they found a business partner.

Just before it was their turn to pick, the Sixers agreed to trade No. 23 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 trade to CBS Sports. It was originally reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The move makes sense for the Sixers as they land a young two-way player in Milton who plans to fit in well alongside Joel Embiid and James Harden in Philadelphia. Melton is a career 36 percent shooter from long range, and he’s averaging 1.3 interceptions per performance. Moreover, he is only 24 years old and he still has two years left on his current contract. On paper, he seems like the exact type of role player the Sixers should be looking to surround their stars with.

With the pick they received from the Sixers, the Grizzlies selected Colorado State guard David Roddy. Roddy has some serious upside and should fit in 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 both the ACL and LCL in his left knee during the playoffs, and he’s expected to miss a lot of time as a result. His contract for the 2022-23 season is not guaranteed. The Grizzlies have until early July to secure the deal or not.

It seems like the type of deal both teams should feel pretty good about. The Grizzlies were able to add another promising young play to their budding roster, while the Sixers, who are firmly in winning mode now, have a guy who should be able to come in and contribute right away.

Commercial qualities

76ers: It’s probably not a move that alone will propel the Sixers to their first Finals appearance since 2001, but it looks solid for a team looking to win at a high level right now. Wing play and depth have been two issues for the Sixers in recent seasons, and Melton should help address both of those areas. Plus, he’s comfortable playing ball and playing like a catch-and-shoot type player, which should make him a perfect fit alongside guys like Embiid, Harden, and Tyrese Maxey. The fact that Melton is 24 and will remain under the team for two more seasons also adds value to the deal for Philadelphia. To note:B

Grizzlies: Given his current injury status, you can’t count on Danny Green as a contributor next season, so this trade is basically a Melton-for-Roddy trade for Memphis. In this exchange, they got a younger and cheaper player. They also have a taller and probably more versatile guy than Melton defensively, which seems to be what they were looking for. Roddy is a complete player who can do a bit of everything, although he needs to improve as a shooter beyond the arc. The Grizzlies are clearly banking on Roddy’s potential, and he certainly has plenty of it. To note:B-

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