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Grizzlies acquire former No. 4 pick Josh Jackson in trade with Suns

The Memphis Grizzlies are going to try to resurrect the career of a once-touted young NBA prospect.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Wednesday that the Grizzlies have acquired Josh Jackson and DeAnthony Melton, along with a pair of second-round picks, from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter.

The Suns give up on Jackson two years after making him the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Over his two years in Phoenix, he averaged 12.3 points per game, but shot just 41.5 percent and didn’t do himself any favors off the court either. He’ll get a new start in Memphis, where they will try to salvage the 22-year-old’s career after a couple rough years.

Phoenix was also motivated to make the move to clear salary cap space so they could afford to sign Ricky Rubio to the three-year, $51 million deal they agreed to with him.

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