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Draft Day Live: Grizzlies Select Ja Morant at No. 2, trade for Brandon Clarke

This draft-day live notebook will be updated throughout the day and night. See here for Clay Bailey's AP news story on the Grizzlies picking Morant.

Last words: (10:12 p.m.): You can read the news story from the night here, which will be updated if and when the Grizzlies front office calls it a night and talks. I'll regroup for some next-day thoughts and analysis tomorrow. The captain of the NBA:

Memphis will be one of the most fun young teams in the NBA next season with those two running the break and catching lobs from Morant. – Jonathan Raven (The Ringer)

Athletic, between that trio, the Grizzlies are going to be Lob City, Grit-and-Grind edition, with Morant tossing just ridiculous touch passes that those two easy finish. ̵

1; Sam Vecenie (The Athletic)

The Grizzlies are building what appears to be one of the most athletic teams in the NBA and at the very least will be a NBA League Pass favorite for the hards. – Jonathan Givony (ESPN)

Jaren's squad (9:13 pm): Years Jackson publicly greeting another new teammate:

Some more Clarke reactions (9:02 pm):

Instant reaction on Clarke (8:58 pm) : I'm not as sold on Clarke as some. At 6-8 with a limited wingspan he's a little undersized for an interior player. But he's an electric athlete who was extremely productive at Gonzaga and whose energy and ability to finish in transition should fit well with Morant and Jackson in the near and long term. I wouldn't assume too much re: Valanciunas.

One note on Clarke: Due to his acquisition of the Conley trade, which will not be completed until July 6, Clarke will not be part of the Grizzlies post- draft news conference on Friday.

Grizzlies move up to No. 21, select Brandon Clarke (8:49): The Grizzlies traded up from No. 23 to No. 21 to select Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke, by Shams Charania. The Grizzlies are sending a 2024 second-round pick to Oklahoma City to complete the deal, a source tells The Daily Memphian

Chuma Okeke off the board, four picks away from Grizzlies pick (8:33 pm): Chuma Okeke, the Auburn forward who was endorsed in this space for the Grizzlies pick at. 23 went to the Orlando Magic at # 16. It's four picks away from Grizzlies' second pick and the droppers are Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke and North Carolina's Nassir Little. Buckle up

Yes Morant out for Summer League (8:10 pm): Morant said on a media conference call that he will not play in Summer League. More from Morant's media session to follow.

Cam Johnson at No. 11? (7:48 p.m.): We're a dozen picks away from the Grizzlies pick (via Utah) at no. 23 and we've got our first theoretical candidate for that pick off the board. Phoenix (via Minnesota) takes North Carolina shooter Cam Johnson at No. 11, a player no one was going until the late teens.

Reaction time: The Athletic (7:43 pm): This is from Sam Vecenie:

"His personality is not out of tune with the grit-and-grind mentality of the city if he is really hard worker, but he'll bring the child of the flash to the backcourt that the team offensively lacked at times during its previous era. "

From Ja with Love (7:32 pm): [19659009]. @ igotgame_12 has a message for the 901. pic.twitter.com/9J2yg3A5ve

– Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) June 21, 2019

Reaction time : ESPN (7:15 pm): From Jonathan Givony:

"Memphis ushers in a new era by handing the keys of the franchise to Yes Morant, who will have every opportunity to learn the ropes on the job alongside One of the top rookies in the NBA last year in Jackson. Morant's speed, playmaking ability and flair for the spectacular will help transform the Grizzlies into one of the most ent in order to watch the NBA on a nightly basis, even if it will likely take time to translate to the win column. "

Changing of the guard (s) (7:13 pm): If Mike Conley jerseys outnumber Yes Morant jerseys at more than three-to-one at the Grizzlies' Thursday night FedExForum

The longest-tenured Grizzly and franchise-leading scorer, Conley's departure from the Grizzlies, from the January announcement that he was on the trading block to his eventual June trade to Utah, was a long goodbye. But why not watch it?

But make a mistake, this is a change of the guard for the Grizzlies – metaphorical and literal.

A week after Conley and longtime Grizzlies pick-and-roll partner Marc Gasol were Facetiming at the end of the NBA Finals, Morant and future Grizzlies pick-and-roll Years Jackson Jr. were making the scene at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn. The early-to-dynamic duo exchanged pounds and hugs on the pre-broadcast red carpet, and Jackson was the first person to greet Morant after his post-selection interview.

When they get back to Memphis, the Grizzlies will be theirs.

"The feels good to be able to accomplish my dreams," Morant said after his selection as the fifth no. 2 selection in Grizzlies franchise history. “How I got here was crazy. I'm just very excited. ”

His pocket square was a picture of himself. Beneath his collar was stitched a message from his mother: "Beneath No-One." Pretty fitting for a kid who had just completed a two-year journey from scrawny, unranked high school prospect to explosive consensus No. 2 prospect (and No. 2 pick) in the NBA Draft.

BREAKING NEWS (6:52 pm): The Grizzlies selected Yes Morant with the second overall pick. Very unexpected. Let the record show it happened at 6:46 pm, Memphis time

Morant's first words after donning a Grizzlies cap: "It feels good to be able to accomplish my dreams. How I got here was crazy. very excited. "

After he was done with his post-selection television interview, Morant's first pound-and-hug was from new teammate Years Jackson Jr.

A Yes Morning Moment (6:33 pm) :

Grizzlies Q Ratings? A flux (6:23 pm): A quick gaze across the room at the Grizzlies draft party yields these jersey rankings:

  • Mike Conley – 6
  • Years Jackson Jr. – 2
  • Yes Morant – 2 (one Murray State, one Grizzlies)
  • Dillon Brooks – 1
  • Zach Randolph – 1
  • Marc Gasol – 1
  • Shareef Abdur-Rahim – 1
  • Lorenzen Wright – 1
  • Jon Leuer (!) – 1

Speaking of Brooks, he joined the show and said that he was fully healed from his season-ending surgery and would be ready for full contact next week. 19659006] It takes two? More like Grizz take no. 2 (6:18 pm): Rob Base performing (or at least "performing") his eternal classic to the Grizzlies draft party at FedExForum:

Stars, they're just like us (5: 45 pm): As near as I can tell, four Top 11 picks got moved while I was in transit from office to home to FedExForum. My reaction was the same as Yes's:

A Yes Morning moment (4:35 pm): The Grizzlies already knew they were getting into an exciting young point guard. Did they know they were getting an innovator in the NBA Draft fashion story? Top this, Zion:

With that, the live notebook will hit and pause back up from FedExForum in about in hour. In other words:

Will it be over before it starts? (4:27 pm): Draft spoiler creep is worse than Christmas creep. The NBA Draft is two hours away, but we can get to pick no. 23 before the broadcast ever starts:

Mini-Mailbag: Trade exceptions (4:24 pm): I've gotten several questions today similar to this, in the wake of the Grizzlies creating a huge trade exception in the Conley deal.

As I understand it: Yes. Like with a gift card, you can use a portion of a trade exception and still use what's left until it expires. Some trade exception basics:

  • Can be used for one year after created.
  • Cannot be used to take in free agents, only to trade for players on existing contracts (sign and trades are possible). They can be broken up over multiple deals. (For example, the Grizzlies could use a portion of this $ 25 million trade exception and still have access to what's left.
  • Trade exceptions themselves can't be traded.
  • Trade exceptions can't be combined with other exceptions with with players

Let's hope the tag off (2:44 pm): From the sartorial scoop department:

Afternoon Mocks (2:35 pm) : Since we rounded up six of the higher profile mock drafts this morning, three of them have updated and changed their picks at No. 23:

That makes six different picks from six different mocks.

Mini-Mailbag: Chandler Parsons' future (2:23 pm): A reader question relevant to the roster cru nch:

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