The Memphis Grizzlies are wasting no time this offseason. Despite a disappointing first-round exit at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers, following a season where they finished second in the Western Conference, the Grizzlies are keen to build for next year. Recently, they nabbed 2022 Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart from Boston in a blockbuster three-way trade involving the Celtics, Wizards, and Grizzlies.
What other moves might GM Zach Kleiman make this offseason? With all-star Ja Morant serving a 25-game suspension after brandishing a gun on Instagram (for the second time), the Grizzlies’ front officer will definitely be working the phones this summer to help fill the offensive gap left by Morant.
BetTennessee.com, your home for Tennessee sports betting, brings you the most-frequent trade partners for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Most Often Trade Partners With Memphis Grizzlies
To get an idea who of Memphis may be speaking with, BetTennessee.com decided to look at their most frequent trade partners. With the help of Basketball-Reference.com, we found how many trades the Grizzlies have made with every other NBA team. We’ve also highlighted the most successful acquisition from the teams they trade with the most.
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Breaking Down Grizzlies' Best Trade Partners
The Houston Rockets are by far the most frequent trade partner of the Memphis Grizzlies. The two teams have been involved in 14 deals, with the 2006 acquisition of Rudy Gay highlighting the transactions.
Drafted eighth overall by Houston, Rudy Gay was traded to Memphis ahead of his rookie season in 2006. A mainstay amongst the Grizz starting line-up for seven seasons, he averaged 17.9 points per game. A steady contributor, Gay is fifth in Grizzlies history in all-time points scored, fourth in steals, and has the fifth most rebounds.
Next up is the Orlando Magic, who’ve made the second most trades with Memphis. The best trade on the Memphis side was the addition of Mike Miller ahead of the 2002-03 trade deadline.
A prolific 3-point shooter, Miller was the 2000-01 rookie of the year. After moving to Memphis in 2003, he averaged 14.6 points per game and shot .416% from beyond the arc in his five full seasons with the Grizzlies. He was named the Sixth Man of the Year in 2006.
Miller would be traded to the Timberwolves ahead of the 2008-09 season and then moved to the Washington Wizards in 2009. From 2010 to 2013, he would play alongside the Miami Heat’s big three en route to back-to-back NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Memphis has made the third most trades with Boston, who Grizzlies fans owe a severe debt for letting go of burgeoning star Desmond Bane. The 30th overall pick, Bane arrived in Memphis ahead of his rookie season in 2020.
Another Grizzlie known for his downtown shooting, last year Bane beat Mike Miller’s team record for the most 3-pointers in a season, when he knocked down 228 total threes. The TCU alum owns the fifth-highest 3-point shooting percentage among active NBA players (.425).
But most important, Desmond Bane is earning a reputation as a primetime player. He averaged 23.5 points per game in the Grizzlies’ playoff series against the Lakers earlier this spring.
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