1. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies struck gold by beating the odds and securing the second pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. With only a 6.3 percent chance of actually landing this pick, why on earth would the Grizzlies trade it away?
Well, this franchise isn’t exactly growing at a fast rate. Since reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2013, the Grizzlies have been painfully losing each member of their former core as they slowly transition into a full rebuild.
One thing holding them back is a number of poor contracts on their roster, only making it more difficult for them to sign free agents.
Chandler Parsons and Avery Bradley are set to make a combined $38 million next season. Parsons, in particular, has not lived up to his massive contract as injuries and poor performance on the court have derailed his career.
Memphis would be receiving a massive package of young talent, highlighted by both this year’s pick and Sexton.
Sending Sexton to the Grizzlies creates an interesting dynamic, as veteran point guard Mike Conley would be in charge of mentoring him into a leadership role. Sexton showed promise in his rookie season, averaging 16.7 points per game.
As for Cleveland, there is more to this deal than just taking on a few poor contracts. In exchange for their kind deed, the Cavaliers would secure the second pick in the draft, giving them the option to draft either Ja Morant or R.J. Barrett.
Both of these players could quickly become NBA All-Stars and Cleveland would love to add either of them to the roster.
Overall, both teams should walk away happily with this deal. Memphis gets a bundle of young talent while the Cavaliers lock up the potential star they were hoping for.