Assessing Bleacher Report’s George Hill trade for the Milwaukee Bucks

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 05 (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: George Hill, Memphis Grizzlies: Steven Adams, Tyus Jones
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Why the Memphis Grizzlies make Bleacher Report’s trade with Milwaukee Bucks involving George Hill

Following an impressive season that saw them boast the second seed in the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies will have some tough decisions to make this offseason. Depending on how things go regarding their backcourt, the Milwaukee Bucks could possibly lend them a helping hand once free agency eventually begins.

Among the most prominent questions the Grizzlies will have to answer this offseason is what the front office will do with Tyus Jones. Jones proved to be one of the best backup point guards in the NBA this past season as he had a career year, but that strong play may have catapulted him out of Memphis’ price range with free agency approaching. If Jones were to leave, the Grizzlies would be in the market for a new backup point guard, and Hill is a recognizable name that could potentially be worth taking a closer look at.

At 35-years-old, Hill’s best days are behind him, there is no doubt about that. However, that does not mean he could not be a serviceable backup that does not turn the ball over and is still a quality defender on most nights. Perhaps he could provide some mentorship to Ja Morant, who is on the rise to superstardom as one of the league’s top point guards. Truly, the asking price is nothing too significant either, as a top-45 protected second round pick in 2024 is rather low risk, especially if it fills a position of need with a household veteran. With a $4 million salary for next year, Hill would not be too pricey of an acquisition compared to what they might pay for other guards.

Ultimately, it will hinge on what happens with Jones in free agency, but if he leaves, this offer may be just what the Grizzlies need to get a replacement without breaking the bank.