REPORT: Grizzlies motivated to begin reshaping the roster around Jaren Jackson Jr.
The Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly motivated to begin reshaping the roster around rookie big man Jaren Jackson Jr., according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Grizzlies are in 14th place in the Western Conference standings and it looks like they are finally going to start a complete rebuild. Memphis is on its way to missing the postseason for the second straight season.
ESPN reported on Tuesday that Memphis is going to take trade calls on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol.
The Grizzlies could decide to keep one or both players if no deals meet the threshold of a desired return, but the organization is motivated to begin reshaping the roster around its 2018 first-round pick, forward Jaren Jackson, league sources said.
The Grizzlies selected Jaren Jackson Jr. with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Michigan State University. In 47 games this season, Jackson Jr. is averaging 13.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.
The 19-year-old, who is very wise for such a young kid, is shooting 51.6 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Jaren Jackson Jr. is fifth among rookies in points per game and sixth in rebounds per game. Memphis enters Tuesday with a record of 19-28.