Grizzlies agree to trade Juancho Hernangomez to Celtics for Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards, per report

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Report: Celtics to trade Kris Dunn and Carsen Edwards to Memphis for Juancho Hernangomez

Celtics Blog 03 September, 2021 - 11:54am

The Celtics roster is now at 15.

Memphis has agreed to trade forward Juancho Hernangomez to Boston for guards Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards and a 2026 second-round pick swap, sources tell ESPN.

Edwards signed a multi-year deal with the Celtics after a solid 2019 Summer League tournament but has failed to cement a role within the rotation despite flashing upside as a microwave scorer. The Purdue product was one of the Celtics' best players in the 2021 Summer League tournament too, averaging 13.8 points, 4.4 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Kris Dunn is a different story, having only joined the Celtics in August as part of a three-team trade that saw him and Bruno Fernando join the team with Tristan Thompson heading to Sacramento.

Hernangomez finds himself in a similar position, as he was also traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the past month, but finds himself moving to yet another team. The Grizzlies acquired both the Madrid native and Jarrett Culver in a deal that saw Patrick Beverley head to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In Juancho Hernangomez, the Celtics are filling a position of need at the power forward spot. The 6’9’’ forward will add size and multi-level scoring to the Celtics rotation, with the hope that his floor spacing will open up driving lanes for his teammates.

Hernangomez is a career 35.1% shooter from three on 2.5 attempts per game. Coming off the back of a poor shooting season for the Timberwolves, the Celtics will be hoping they can help him rediscover his shooting touch off the bench.

Hernangomez gives the Celtics another potential floor-spacer in a bench role; Grizzlies continue to find some value in margins and will continue to be open to deals as franchise manages a roster numbers crunch ahead of 2021-2022 season.

Overall, the Celtics have cleared their logjam at the point guard position and added a reliable veteran presence to a position that needed solidifying. Brad Stevens also continues to make the best use out of the teams future second-round picks, while keeping cap flexibility - Hernangomez is non-guaranteed for the 2022 NBA season.

Memphis Grizzlies: Sixth trade of offseason sets up epic training camp battle

Beale Street Bears 03 September, 2021 - 08:47am

Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

In Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Zach Kleiman’s ongoing quest to accumulate as many filers and reclamation projects as possible, the Memphis Grizzlies have made another trade — their sixth trade of the offseason thus far.

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade the recently acquired Juancho Hernangomez to the Boston Celtics for Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards, and the right to swap 2026 second-round picks, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

If this trade tells us anything, it’s that when NBA Training Camp opens up on Sept. 28, the Memphis Grizzlies will have a ton of players fighting for a spot on this roster. It will quite literally be a survival of the fittest.

Some of the recently acquired players have a decent chance to make the roster, but there are only so many spots available on the roster, setting up some epic match-ups as to who will outduel who on this roster.

We can start to game out how many players will be duking it out to make the final roster for the Memphis Grizzlies. You can consider Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson, Jr., Steven Adams, Desmond Bane, Ziaire Williams, Tyus Jones, John Konchar, Brandon Clarke, De’Anthony Melton, Xavier Tillman, and Santi Aldama as virtual locks to make the team.

Killian Tillie currently occupies one of the two-way roster spots.

That leaves two open spots on the roster, plus one of the two-way spots, for a total of three roster spots the Memphis Grizzlies will need to fill. Among the guards on this roster, you can expect Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards, Jarrett Culver, and Sam Merrill to duke it out for spots on the roster.

Kris Dunn was the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, he has career averages of 8.2ppg and 4.1apg. If Dunn wins a spot on the roster, he will be playing for his fourth team in four seasons.

Carsen Edwards was the 33rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He scored a career-high 18 points in a game last season against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former guard out of Purdue has career averages of 3.6 ppg and 1.1 RPG.

Sam Merrill, who was acquired in a trade that sent Grayson Allen to the Milwaukee Bucks, averaged 3 points per game and shot 45% from three in his rookie season last year.

Jarrett Culver, entering just his third season after being drafted sixth overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, has yet to find traction in his career, averaging just 7.8 PPG and 3.3 RPG.

Among forwards and centers, Yves Pons and Daniel Oturu will also be fighting to make the final roster. Pons is an undrafted free agent, most likely trying to make it as a two-way player for the Memphis Grizzlies. Oturu was the 33rd overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, logging just 5.4 minutes per game for a very talented Los Angeles Clippers team last season.

The Memphis Grizzlies will be watching these players very closely in training camp to see who might be able to step up and fill some voids on this young roster next season.

Only three of Culver, Edwards, Dunn, Merrill, Pons, and Oturu will make the roster cut and my money would be on Culver, Edwards, and Dunn to make the final roster as it is currently constructed.

All eyes will be on these six players competing to make the Memphis Grizzlies opening night roster.

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Celtics final roster spots (CelticsBlog roundtable)

Celtics Blog 03 September, 2021 - 08:00am

Who should get the final roster spots and who should not make the cut?

The Celtics roster stands at 16 players. They can bring up to 20 into camp but have to cut down to 15 by the time the regular season begins. Which of the players deeper on the Celtics bench should make the team and who would you try to move (either in a trade or by cutting him outright)?

The three names that seem to be the most tentative on this roster right now are Jabari Parker, Carsen Edwards and Kris Dunn. Parker would be the most direct option, if only because his contract is non-guaranteed until opening day and it therefore won’t cost the Celtics anything to move on from him. That said, he at least has a perceivable (if unlikely) pathway to finding minutes on this roster as injury insurance in the frontcourt rotation.

Edwards, meanwhile, is coming off a Summer League performance in which he didn’t particularly stand out (at least, not in a way that would translate to a role on this roster), and is heavily buried in the Celtics’ crowded guard room. He just hasn’t shown meaningful growth at the NBA level, so if a team was willing to take a flier on him essentially for free, that probably makes the most sense. Dunn would save the Celtics the most money of the three (provided a team could take him on without sending a player in return), but he’s also the most valuable on the court at the moment and could serve as a useful backup in the event of an injury.

My thinking is similar to Daniel’s. I suspect that Edwards is out and Parker is in. That is, I think Parker will be the last roster spot filled. However, I think he will be farther up the rotation than the 15th man.

See you later Carsen Edwards. There just isn’t a place for a undersized scoring guard that hasn’t proven he can actually score in the NBA. Jabari Parker provides some scoring punch, while Kris Dunn proves some defense and a little playmaking. Those are actual skills the Celtics can use, and will probably need at some point.

What becomes key is if Brad Stevens can move Edwards in a salary-dump trade, as opposed to just eating his deal. Hello? Oklahoma City? Want another second-rounder?

I have a feeling we’ve seen the last of Carsen Edwards in a Celtics uniform. He’s a feisty, large-quadded shooter who hasn’t made shots in bulk. In college, he had the time to warm himself up, play through some misses and warranted the ultimate green light. Shooting off the bench requires automatic, consistent production for a shooter and Edwards hasn’t found that over several years. It’s time to set him free

Carsen Edwards is the easy answer especially after the shooting emergences of Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard. Edwards could’ve fit in a back court that’s challenged for shooting. Last year’s rookies likely put that need out the window, maybe save for one handful of games like last year’s win over the Clippers where Edwards went off. Like my fellow writers here, I want to see what Jabari Parker can do in his second year here with his obvious pedigree following a quality series against Brooklyn. Bruno Fernando proved himself as a change of pace big in Summer League. I have no clue what Kris Dunn brings after two injury-ruined seasons. It may be nothing and if so even the $5-million salary matching he provides isn’t worth keeping. If he shows spurts in training camp, he’s another player who came into the league as a highly regarded prospect and is still relatively young. I love those gambles. Edwards proved he fits somewhere in the NBA at this point. Though every scenario possible in three seasons with the Celtics it’s become clear that it won’t be here.

Agreed with most everyone else here. Time to say our goodthighs to Carsen Edwards....

I’d have to imagine that Brad Stevens is going to continue looking for trade options for either Edwards or Dunn (or both) right up till the end of training camp. Sometimes that’s when teams take a look at their roster and decide that (due to injuries or depth concerns) they need another guy to plug in at the end of the bench. If all else fails, I’m sure Brad has worked out some contingency plans with OKC or another team with cap space or a TPE that one of those guys can fit into at the low cost of a 2nd round pick.

Like everyone else, I don’t see a place on this roster for Edwards, so he seems like the easiest to move. Dumping Dunn would save more money but he’s got on-court value in the event of injuries so it might make sense to keep him around till the deadline at least. I’d like to keep Parker around as a flyer based on his offensive upside alone.

All very simple and straightforward ...until Stevens pulls off a 3 team mega deal that completely upsets the fruit-basket. (not a rumor, just a joke)

How the Grizzlies basically traded Jonas Valanciunas for six players

Beale Street Bears 03 September, 2021 - 07:29am

Kris Dunn, Memphis Grizzlies Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

There’s good news and there’s bad news for Memphis Grizzlies fans — I’ll give you the bad news first. Memphis made another trade, which somehow sent them in the wrong direction by adding more players to the team.

For the past week or so, the primary topic that fans have been talking about is how Memphis was planning on trimming their roster. The player that many fans looked to as a trade asset was Juan Hernangomez, who was brought over from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade earlier this summer.

Hernangomez was one of a few players that initially sent the Grizzlies over the league’s 15-man limit. After never being required to get a physical, it was assumed that he’d be traded. And that’s where the good news comes into play.

Somehow, the Grizzlies continue to make one high-value trade after another. This one was their fifth of the offseason, sending Juan Hernangomez to Boston for Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards, and a second-round pick swap, which should fare well for the Grizzlies.

This trade is another that stems from the original deal which sent Jonas Valanciunas to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Eric Bledsoe, Steven Adams, and first/second-round pick swaps. The Grizzlies have since flipped Eric Bledsoe, giving them another handful of players.

Some players that have made their way through Memphis and out the other end include Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo, and now Juan Hernangomez. Outside of Rondo, the Grizzlies have seemingly doubled their value with each player.

To give you a list, the Grizzlies trade Valanciunas for what has now turned into the following players.

In short, the trade is the reason why the Grizzlies are so far over the league’s player limit. The NBA allows for 15 rostered players and Memphis has 18. A trade involving Juan Hernangomez was originally expected to trim the roster, so it should come as confusing but somewhat expected that Memphis would make a deal like this.

The caveat here is that the Grizzlies will have to wait to make any further deals, as Dunn and Edwards’ contracts aren’t allowed to be aggregated until September 15th, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Either way, this is another increase in value for the Memphis Grizzlies. They get more value and move in the opposite direction in terms of roster space again. Still, Memphis somehow flipped Jonas Valanciunas for what has turned into six players.

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