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Philadelphia 76ers trade Green and draft pick to Memphis Grizzlies for Melton

An eventful NBA Draft night saw an interesting deal between the 76ers and the Grizzlies, with Danny Green and De’Anthony Melton both moving.

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Danny Green, durante un partido de la NBA de Los Angeles Lakers
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The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Danny Green and their number 23 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for De’Anthony Melton.

It was a trade the Sixers had been expected to offer around various teams, and they may well be pleased with the outcome as Melton brings a strong three-point game in particular, averaging 41.2 per cent in 2020-21, and 37.4 per cent in the campaign just gone. The 24-year-old also averaged 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season, and is due to make $8.25million next year and $8m in 2023-24.

Green’s ligament issues

The experienced Green heads to Memphis after two years in Philadelphia. The shooting guard has a career average of 8.7 points per game, but managed only 5.9 per game last season from 62 appearances, though only 28 of those were starts, and he suffered tears to his ACL and LCL in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Miami Heat.

The number 23 pick obtained by the Grizzlies was used to obtain Colorado State’s David Roddy, who was Mountain West Player of the Year in 2022. Roddy averaged 19.2 points last season, 37th of college players, while also recording 7.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

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