Memphis Grizzlies: 3 players who are still at risk of being traded

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Player No. 2: Memphis Grizzlies new acquisition Sam Merrill looked like a more tradeable player a couple of days ago

Sam Merrill is one of the more overlooked players on this Grizzlies roster. He’s not a bad player, entering just his second year in the league. That said, he hardly played for the NBA Championship-winning Milwaukee Bucks last season.

On this year’s Grizzly roster, the 25-year old second-year guard looked like an easy option to either cut or package in another trade. That said, Merrill made his best argument to the Grizzlies as to why he should stay on board.

That argument came in the form of a 30-point preseason game.

Merrill looked like the second coming of Klay Thompson out on the court, knocking down eight three-pointers in a contest against the Pacers. The Grizzlies lost the game, but Merrill shined as somebody who could be an impact player down the road.

There are two parts to this. Firstly, his strong performance will give the Grizzlies every reason in the world to keep him on the roster, especially if he can improve their shooting numbers, which have been lackluster in the past few years. Secondly, this could raise his trade value, which wasn’t particularly high to begin with.

Merrill is a relatively low-value guy, so this is more of a background story to keep an eye on. The next one isn’t.