NBA 2022 draft: the 76ers trade Danny Green, the number 23 choice with the Grizzlies for De’Anthony Melton

Ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers were actively buying their first round pick to get established talents in return. Well, they found a business partner.

Just before it was their turn to choose, the Sixers decided to trade choice # 1. 23 in the overall standings and veteran striker Danny Green with the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for De’Anthony Melton. A source with knowledge of the team confirmed the exchange with CBS Sports. It was initially reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The move makes sense for the Sixers, as they get a young two-way player in Milton, who plans to fit in well alongside Joel Embiid and James Harden in Philadelphia. Melton is a 36% career long-range shooter and has an average of 1.3 steals per performance. Furthermore, he is only 24 and still has two years remaining with his current contract. On paper, he appears to be the exact type of RPG the Sixers should try to surround their stars with.

With the choice received by the Sixers, the Grizzlies chose Colorado State Guard David Roddy. Roddy has a serious lead and should fit in well with the rest of the Memphis young core.

At this point, it’s unclear how much Danny Green will contribute next season. The veteran tore both ACL and LCL in his left knee post-season and should be wasting 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.

This appears to be the kind of deal both teams should feel pretty good about. The Grizzlies were able to add another promising young piece to their budding roster, while the Sixers, who are firmly in win-now mode, get a guy who should be able to get in and contribute immediately.

Commercial degrees

76ers: This probably isn’t a move that alone will push the Sixers to their first final appearance since 2001, but it looks solid for a team that is looking to win at a high level right now. Wing play and depth have been two issues for the Sixers over the past few seasons and Melton should help address both of those areas. Plus, he’s comfortable playing with the ball and playing as a catch-and-shoot type player, so that should make him comfortable alongside guys like Embiid, Harden, and Tyrese Maxey. The fact that Melton is 24 and still in team control for another two seasons adds value to the deal for Philadelphia. Degree: B

Grizzly: Given his current injury status, you can’t count on Danny Green as a co-worker next season, so this swap is basically a Melton swap for Roddy for Memphis. In that exchange, they got a younger and cheaper player. They also have an older and arguably more versatile guy than Melton on the defensive, who seems to be what they were looking for. Roddy is a well-rounded player who can do a little bit of everything, even if he needs to improve as a shooter from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies are clearly betting on Roddy’s potential and he certainly has a lot of it. Degree: B-

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