Grayson Allen, the Duke legend and Utah Jazz draftee of a year ago coming up, as part of the package sent to Memphis for Mike Conley, will suit up next season as a Memphis Grizzly alongside teammates Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver, who were also given up by Utah. Grayson was drafted a year ago by the Utah Jazz and was sent to their G-League affiliate at a few instances, but we all know how valuable of a player he is as a shooter and a leader on the court. He could really break out this year, especially after the experience he got with the Salt Lake City Stars.
Grayson will have a lot of young talent like himself around him: as much as we would absolutely love an RJ Barrett-Grayson Allen pairing, all signs point to the Grizzlies selecting Ja Morant from Murray State with the #2 pick in this years draft (assuming that the Pelicans’ front office haven’t lost their minds, or, in other words, pick somebody other than Zion with the top pick). Morant is a talented point guard who can handle the ball himself but more importantly distribute it extremely well. Having a shooter like Grayson paired with Morant will be dangerous for any opposition. Additionally, defenders will be drawn to the inside with Jaren Jackson Jr, last year’s fourth pick and power forward. Jackson has a lot of potential– some of which has already shone through, as he was selected to the All-Rookie team. This leaves space for Grayson to go to work. It’s going to be a fun season out in Tennessee.
The other side of this trade is Mike Conley, who’d essentially been the Memphis face until now. He is the only player that the Grizzlies gave for this trade.