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The Timberwolves sent Jarrett Culver to Memphis in exchange for Patrick Beverley, who was recently acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers just a few days ago. Juan Hernangomez was also included in the deal, freeing up money while adding to the team's young group of players. Culver, a sixth-overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, appeared in only 34 games last season due to injury, averaging a miserable 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds. Although Culver's fantasy history hasn't been the best throughout his two years in the league, his outlook could change, especially if he remains healthy and receives an enhanced role in his new home. However, the 22-year-old isn't worth a roster spot in nearly every fantasy league outside of dynasty formats at the moment.
The Clippers agreed to send guard Rajon Rondo to the Grizzlies in exchange for guard Eric Bledsoe on Sunday evening. Patrick Beverley and Daniel Oturu were also included in the deal, although it is expected that all three of them will likely be on another team at some point moving ahead. Nonetheless, regardless of where Rondo is suiting up these days, it's expected that he won't have much interest from fantasy managers anyway. The 35-year-old finished the 2020-21 campaign by averaging just 7.6 points, 5.8 assists, and 1.0 steals throughout 18 games last season in Los Angeles after beginning the season in Atlanta.
Center Steven Adams has been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Along with Adams, Eric Bledsoe and the 10th overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft will follow, while the Grizzlies will send Jonas Valanciunas and the 2021 17th selection back in return. However, the deal won't become official until August 6, the first day of free agency. Adams is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, finishing the 2020-21 campaign by averaging 8.9 boards and 7.6 points in addition to battling a foot injury that relegated the big man to only 58 games. The 28-year-old will have competition for minutes with the Grizzlies. However, he has streaming appeal if given a more substantial role sometime throughout the year.
The Pelicans plan to trade guard Eric Bledsoe and center Steven Adams to Memphis in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas. In addition, the Grizzlies will receive the 10th overall selection in Thursday's NBA Draft, while New Orleans will acquire the 17th overall pick. The deal will not become official until August 6. However, the move creates cap space for the birds, who will have the financial flexibility to go after a big-name free agent or potentially match any offer for restricted free agent Lonzo Ball. Although Bledsoe's best days were in Phoenix, he still has upside on the offensive end. However, the 31-year-old veteran could have a bench role if he remains in Memphis, so his fantasy stock will undoubtedly take a hit.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe could be on the move ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft. Bledsoe's name has been brought up during recent trade discussions with the Grizzlies, who could offer a deal to bring the veteran to Memphis. Moving the 31-year-old would undoubtedly give the Pelicans some financial freedom while allowing the Grizzlies to add much-needed depth. The 12-year veteran averaged 12.2 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.4 boards during the 2020-21 campaign. While it would appear that Bledsoe's best days are behind him, he could see an increase in production if given more chances on the offensive end.