Sixers trade No. 23 pick for Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton


CAMDEN, NJ — The 76ers traded the No. 23 pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft to the Grizzlies for combination guard De’Anthony Melton.

The 6-foot-2 Melton, a fourth-year pro, averaged 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals and hit .374 of his 3-pointers last season while excelling in the situations of catch-and-shoot. He can play the point guard or the ball.

Melton is under contract for $8.25 million next year and $8 million in 2023-24. The Sixers also sent Danny Green’s unsecured $10 million to Memphis as part of the deal. Melton is expected to come off the bench for the Sixers, whose second unit dropped them again in the playoffs.

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The Grizzlies ended up with Colorado State forward David Roddy, who the Sixers took for them at No. 23.

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The Sixers have also discussed trading the pick and other players, such as winger Matisse Thybulle, with numerous teams, according to ESPN and other media, in a bid to improve the roster. They need a fifth starter, better wings, more help on the bench and to get more physical.

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The 35-year-old Green tore his left ACL and LCL in the season-ending Game 6 loss to the Heat and will likely miss most if not all of the 2022-23 season.

The Nets could have picked the Sixers this year or in 2023 in February’s James Harden/Ben Simmons trade. Brooklyn opted for first-round pick Philadelphia next year, believing the Sixers’ regular-season record won’t be as good and will result in a higher pick.

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Grizzlies’ De’Anthony Melton, left, defends against Sixers’ Tyrese Maxey.

President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey was unable to discuss details of the deal early Friday morning because it had not been finalized.

The Sixers traded their 2022 second-round pick, along with two others they had accumulated. Philly’s pre-draft workouts at the team’s training facility were closed to the media.

The Sixers finished fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 51-31 regular season record, falling to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Sixers trade No. 23 pick for Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton


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