Report: Grizzlies trade Kyle Korver, Jevon Carter to Suns for De’Anthony Melton, Josh Jackson, pair of 2nd-round picks
The Memphis Grizzlies have traded Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter to the Phoenix Suns for De’Anthony Melton, Josh Jackson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 conditional second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Grizzlies acquired Kyle Korver from the Utah Jazz in the Mike Conley trade. Josh Jackson was the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but has been a bust so far in Phoenix.
Jackson has career averages of 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 29.4 percent from beyond the arc and 65.0 percent from the free-throw line. The swingman has been in trouble with the law as well. The Grizzlies are hoping they can jump-start Jackson’s NBA career.
Korver, as we all know, is one of the best 3-point shooters in NBA history. He averaged 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jazz this past season while shooting 39.7 percent from the 3-point line. You expect the Suns to buy out Korver so the sharpshooter can join a contender.
De’Anthony Melton has career averages of 5.0 points, while Jevon Carter has career averages of 4.4 points. The Grizzles are building their franchise around Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. Both youngsters have bright futures in the league.
The Suns, meanwhile, are building the team around Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. They agreed to a free-agent deal with point guard Ricky Rubio on the first day of free agency.