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RUMOR: Grizzlies’ real plan for 10th pick after sacrificing Jonas Valanciunas

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The Memphis Grizzlies basically traded Jonas Valanciunas in order to move up in the 2021 NBA Draft. With that said, all the questions have been what they plan to do with the higher pick. After all, they must really like whom they can select in the Top 10 that they’re willing to even part ways with their starting center.

Memphis acquired the 10th and 40th picks from New Orleans in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas and the 17th and 51st picks. The Pelicans also sent Steven Adams and Eric Bledsoe to the Grizzlies to complete the deal.

Now, according to the latest reports, the Grizzlies appear to have a number of plans in place for the no. 10 pick.

Per Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype, they are targeting Australian point guard Josh Giddy. Meanwhile, Jonathan Givony of ESPN noted that German swingan Franz Wagner is also in play for Grind City in the same spot.

However, it’s possible that the Grizzlies still move up from the 10th spot to get the better talents deemed at the top eight. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the team has every interest in trading up and eyeing Jonathan Kuminga or James Bouknight should they be able to get a higher pick.

Kuminga and Bouknight are expected to land between no. 5 to no. 8, so Memphis would need to trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic if they want to get one of the two.

There are still a few days left before the 2021 NBA Draft, but it sure looks like it won’t be a silent few days as teams like the Grizzlies work on deals to improve their rosters via trades or the draft.