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RJ Barrett would reportedly prefer if Grizzlies pass on him at No. 2

RJ Barrett

RJ Barrett is considered by most to be the third-best player in the upcoming NBA Draft, but the Memphis Grizzlies could entertain the possibility of taking him instead of Murray State’s Ja Morant with the second overall pick. Believe it or not, Barrett would reportedly prefer to go lower than No. 2.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Barrett is hoping the Grizzlies pass on him so he can play for either the New York Knicks, who have the third pick, or the Los Angeles Lakers, who pick at No. 4. Barrett has deep roots in New York, as his father played basketball for St. John’s and mother ran track there in the 1990s.

Barring any trades within the first few picks, it seems highly likely that Barrett will get his wish. The Grizzlies are said to be zeroed in on Morant with the No. 2 pick, and the only way that might change is if the Knicks decide they also want Morant and try to swap picks.

While it would be a shock if Barrett slipped outside the top three, the Lakers may not be at No. 4 for very long. They have openly said they will explore the trade value of the pick.

Along with consensus top overall pick Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, Barrett is one of three former Duke players that could be selected in the top 10.

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