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Report: Grizzlies plan to listen to offers on 23rd pick after Mike Conley trade

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The Memphis Grizzlies have plans to listen to offers for the recently acquired 23rd pick of Thursday’s NBA Draft, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic. The Grizzlies, who already boast the No. 2 overall pick, acquired the 23rd pick as a result of trading franchise point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz earlier on Wednesday.

The Grizzlies also received forwards Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver, along with second-year guard Grayson Allen and a protected 2020 first-round draft pick.

The pick will convey to Memphis in 2020 or 2021 if it falls between the 8-14 spots. If it doesn’t, it will be protected from 1-6 in 2022, 1-3 in 2023 or as the top overall pick in 2024.

This 23rd pick is one the Grizzlies didn’t think on acquiring, as most of their resources have gone to a deep scouting of their consensus pick, point guard Ja Morant of Murray State.

Flipping this to another team in search of more assets could prove a smart move to make, taking pressure off making a first-round selection and instead deploying that into building for the future by either acquiring more assets or a rotational player after bundling the 23rd pick with one of their non-preferred contracts.

The Grizzlies have now completely eliminated any remnant of the Grit ‘N’ Grind era after trading Conley, the last of the players who formed that core. Memphis will now rebuild with Morant and 2018 No. 4 Jaren Jackson Jr. as the pillars of a new team.