Pelicans send Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe to Grizzlies

The New Orleans Pelicans are trading center Steven Adams and guard Eric Bledsoe to the Memphis Grizzlies for center Jonas Valanciunas.

What It Means:

The Grizzlies are also receiving the No. 10 and No. 40 picks in Thursday's 2021 draft, as well as a top-10 protected 2022 first-round selection. New Orleans is also acquiring the No. 17 and No. 51 picks in this year's draft. Adams will likely replace Valanciunas as the starting center in Memphis. The addition of the veteran big man could offer more room for Jaren Jackson Jr. to move around on offense.

Adams averaged 24.5 FanDuel points and 27.7 minutes in 58 games last season. He registered the second-best total rebound rate of his career (17.4 percent) and the fourth-best offensive rebound rate in the league (14.4 percent).