Grizzlies gain former first-round pick in Dillon Brooks sign-and-trade with Rockets

The Memphis Grizzlies finally decided to offload controversial rough-and-tumble player Dillon Brooks this offseason, trading him to the Houston Rockets. Brooks spent the NBA playoff season berating LeBron James for being “old”.

Unfortunately for Memphis fans, Brooks wasn’t able to fully back up his no-nonsense talk on the court as the Lakers swept the Grizzlies in six games.

Now, the Grizzlies are preparing to move forward without Brooks as their offseason plans take shape. The team announced the completion of the Brooks trade on Saturday, sharing full details That includes the former first-round pick and current shooting guard Texas acquired from their Western Conference rivals.

Brooks average 14.3 points Averaged 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and one steal per game during the 2022-2023 regular season. He averaged only 10.5 points during the playoffs.

Christopher, the newest Grizzlies player, is a former first-round pick who average 5.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists for the Rockets last season. He was taken 21st overall out of Arizona State in the 2021 draft and averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds during his final season with the Pac-12 school.

With Ja Morant’s future in doubt, Grizzlies GM Zack Kleiman recently made comments that got fans talking. Memphis replaced Brooks with Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics, indicating that the team has yet to stake claim to the Western Conference crown.

The Rockets have now added Brooks and former Raptors ‘leader’ Fred VanVleet to their squad this offseason, indicating that they could join the team come playoff time.

As the smoke clears from the Dillon Brooks trade, Brooks’ legacy with the Grizzlies is still being digested.

He sat courtside with former Memphis teammates during the team’s Summer League contest against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, suggesting there is still a lot of processing needed as he looks to return as a swingman for the Rockets this upcoming season. I am ready to transition into my new role.

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