Earlier today near the trade deadline, two western conference powerhouses pulled off a shocking trade that would send one of the Grizzlies better scorers to Los Angeles, but for who? Lance Stephenson! You may think the Grizzlies got robbed, but they didn’t. I personally think the Grizzlies won this deal so far. Another reason why the Grizzlies are looking to be in the lead with the deal is due to the fact that they save money, add a bigger scoring threat, gained a 2019 first round pick.
Next, don’t get me wrong, Green will give Los Angeles lots of help by providing some depth at the power forward position with Blake Griffin out, Brings a defensive presence, and a nice mid-range shooter that pops some threes here and there. When Griffin comes back, I can see Green move to the three position (small forward). The production all season long from the small forward for the Clippers has been pitiful. Green will change that.
Furthermore about Green, he has averaged 12.2 points, 1.8 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. He has played in an average of 29.1 minutes per game and started 31 out of 53 games played in. He is shooting .309 from downtown and .431 from the field.
Finally, the Grizzlies acquired P.J. Hairston to help provide scoring, but Stephenson is more of a threat. Stephenson will bring a slashing like mentality to the Grizzlies’ back court. He has not been used right in Los Angeles and will look to finish the 2015-2016 campaign strong. The 25-year-old Brooklyn native, has played in 43 games (10 starts) and picked up only 4.7 points, 1.4 assist, and 5.7 rebounds per game this season. Also, he has been shooting less this year, which hurts him, but makes him own a career year in his field goal and three point percentages. He is owning this year a .494% from the field and a .404% from behind the three point line. That should drop with him being able to shoot more in Memphis with more minutes played. He only receives 15.8 minutes a game, when he usually averages anything from 22 to 28 minutes a ball game.
Note: Stephenson is set to make $9.4 mil next year if his club option is exercised and Green is an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-2016 season concludes.