Ex-Grizzlies guard sent to heated rival in recent 4-team trade proposal

Apr 26, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) and Los Angeles
Apr 26, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) and Los Angeles / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA trade deadline is just over a week away and the rumor mill is currently churning at full speed. Though we may not end up seeing many, if any Memphis Grizzlies sent packing ahead of February 8 there could very well be several former players switching teams before the cut-off date, and, recently, an unfortunate trade idea suggests a particular ex-fan favorite could be headed to a heated rival.

Easily the most noteworthy name that has been oft-mentioned in trade rumblings this season has been Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray, who is reportedly being eyed by several contending teams in need of a backcourt boost.

One of said clubs rumored to have serious interest in acquiring his services is a direct rival of Memphis' in the Los Angeles Lakers, who, in a proposed four-team blockbuster by Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus, are seen landing him along with former Grizzlies and current Washington Wizards guard Tyus Jones.

Trade idea sends former Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones to Lakers

The specifics of the proposed trade reads as follows:

Lakers get:
- Dejounte Murray (via Hawks)
- Tyus Jones (via Wizards)
- Wesley Matthews (via Hawks)
- Mouhamed Gueye (via Hawks)
- $10.5 million trade exception (Gabe Vincent)

Hawks get:
- Spencer Dinwiddie (via Nets)
- Jalen Hood-Schifino (via Lakers)
- Jaxson Hayes (via Lakers)
- 2029 protected first-round pick (via Lakers)
- Cash considerations ($5,905,000, via Lakers)
- $18,214,000 Trade Exception (Dejounte Murray)

Nets get:
- D'Angelo Russell (via Lakers)
- Anthony Gill (via Wizards)
- $20.4 million trade exception (Spencer Dinwiddie)
- $2 million trade exception (Harry Giles III)

Wizards get:
- Gabe Vincent (via Lakers)
- Max Christie (via Lakers)
- Harry Giles III (via Nets)
- 2024 second-rounder (L.A. Clippers, via Lakers)
- 2025 protected second-rounder (via Nets)
- 2025 second-rounder (via Lakers)
- 2027 conditional second-rounder (via Lakers)
- Cash considerations ($1,100,000, via Lakers)
- $14 million trade exception (Tyus Jones)
- $2 million trade exception (Anthony Gill)

Described by Pincus as "one of the better backup point guards in the league," the idea of Jones being sent out to Los Angeles in a deal such as this might be a rather appealing one for Lakers fans, but it would be incredibly nauseating for Grizzlies fans if it were to become a reality.

A beloved member of Memphis' core for four straight seasons, this past summer Jones' tenure in the 38103 sadly came to an end when he was traded to the Wizards in the multi-team Marcus Smart blockbuster.

Through 45 games into his first season out in D.C. the 27-year-old has begun to show the rest of the league what Grizzlies fans had known for years -- he's one dang good ball player.

Logging 28.5 minutes a night, the, now, full-time starter is posting impressive averages of 12.4 points, 6.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals while shooting 50.2 percent from the floor and 41.4 percent from distance.

Since the Smart deal, the franchise's faithful followers have regularly shared their displeasures of seeing Jones leave Memphis this past offseason, with some even expressing a rather unrealistic desire to see him dealt back to the franchise ahead of this year's deadline.

With all this in mind, the concept of having him be shipped to the likes of the Lakers, who bounced the Grizzlies from the playoffs just last season in a highly temperamental first-round series, is undoubtedly something that would send shivers down the spines of Grizzlies fans and, in turn, is one that they should pray doesn't get executed ahead of February 8.