Report: Canadian Brandon Clarke traded to Grizzlies from Thunder


Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke celebrates after scoring against Florida State during the second half an NCAA men's college basketball tournament. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired Canadian forward Brandon Clarke from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the No. 23 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and a 2024 second-rounder, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting.

Clarke was taken 21st overall Thursday night by the Thunder, a pick made for the Grizzlies.

A Vancouver, B.C., native, Clarke was the WCC Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 3.1 blocks per game last season playing for Gonzaga despite being listed at only six-foot-eight.

Clarke was the third Canadian drafted on the evening after R.J. Barrett (No. 3) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (No. 17).

The Grizzlies took Murray State guard Ja Morant with the second-overall pick earlier in the draft.

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