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Grizzlies trade Steven Adams to Rockets for Victor Oladipo, 3 draft picks

Adams, the 12th overall pick in 2013, had surgery on his right knee in October and is expected to be ready to play next season.

Steven Adams averaged 7.5 points and 10.6 rebounds in his 2 seasons with Memphis.

The Memphis Grizzlies traded center Steven Adams to the Houston Rockets for guard Victor Oladipo and three draft picks on Thursday night.

Neither Adams nor Oladipo has played this season because of injuries.

Both teams announced the deal Thursday. Memphis said it acquired three second-round draft picks from the Rockets in the trade. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported two of the picks will be in this year’s Draft and the other one in 2025.

Rockets get:

  • Steven Adams

Grizzlies get:

  • Victor Oladipo
  • Two 2024 second-round picks
  • One 2025 second-round pick

What trade means: Adams was hurt last season and had surgery on his right knee just before the start of this season. He’s expected to miss the entire season, but should be ready to play next season.

Adams, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Pittsburgh, played two years with the Grizzlies before the knee injury and averaged 8.6 points and 11.5 rebounds, including a 5.1 average in offensive rebounds. He played seven seasons with Oklahoma City and one with the New Orleans Pelicans before coming to Memphis.

Oladipo, who also has dealt with injuries, has a career average of 16.9 points a game since he was selected out of Indiana with the second overall pick in 2013. But his scoring average has decreased over the last three years.

Oladipo’s best season came in 2017-18 when he averaged 23.1 points with Indiana, along with 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.