The Grizzlies agreed to acquire the No. 19 pick of the timber wolves and will select Wake Forest Forward Jake LaRaviareports Shams Charania of The Athletic (by Twitter). In exchange, Minnesota will receive picks No. 22 and No. 29 in tonight’s draft, with the Grizzlies also getting a second-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter connections).
It’s apparently the Timberwolves’ second round of 2023, Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Chris Hine tweet.
LaRavia, who spent two seasons at Indiana State, has progressed in recent weeks after averaging 14.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG and 3.7 APG for the Demon Deacons last season. With Kyle Anderson entering free agency, LaRavia could compete for a rotational spot in his rookie campaign.
He improved his stock during practices, as he was originally projected as a first round limit.
Talk of a first two rounds for the No. 19 selection doesn’t seem like much value, as Daily Memphian’s Chris Herrington notes, but the Grizzlies leader Zach Kleiman is unfazed by perceptions as long as he gets the player he wants. Kleiman traded for every pick on his watch except for And Morentadds Herrington (Twitter connections).