Grizzlies add multiple players during NBA Draft

Xavier Tillman. Photo by Alexander Jonesi (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The 2020 NBA Draft is over, and the Memphis Grizzlies came away with multiple new additions.

The Grizzlies added TCU’s Desmond Bane and Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman through the draft, bolstering theur roster with a new guard and forward, respectively.

Memphis, which entered the evening without a first round pick, traded with the Boston Celtics for the draft rights to Bane. The Celtics selected Bane with the No. 30-overall pick.

The Grizzlies traded two future second-round picks to the Celtics for Bane, the Boston Globe reported. Bane, a 6-foot-6 sharpshooter, averaged 16.6 points-per-game as a senior for TCU last season.

To acquire Tillman, Memphis traded Sacramento for his draft rights, sending the Kings the draft rights to Mississippi State’s Robert Woodard, plus a second-round pick in 2022.

Tillman, who stands at 6-foot-8, averaged 13.7 points and 10.3 rebounds-per-game last season and was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He played with Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. for one year in college.

And those weren’t Memphis’ only transactions; the Grizzlies also signed Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie and Butler’s Sean McDermott to two-way contracts, according to multiple reports. Tillie averaged 13.6 points-per-game in his last college season, while McDermott notched an 11.7 points-per-game average.


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