The unofficial start of trade season is just around the corner, and the Memphis Grizzlies should have their eyes peeled on possible upgrades. Despite their injury woes right now, they still sit in a good spot at 10-8 on the year.
If the Memphis Grizzlies are looking for a low-risk, high-reward-type move, it might be available. In his latest news dump for Yahoo Sports, NBA insider Jake Fischer reported that the Detroit Pistons are taking calls on forward Saddiq Bey.
"Another Pistons player league personnel are monitoring is third-year forward Saddiq Bey… Detroit has taken early calls on Bey from inquiring teams, sources said, a change in behavior from recent trade windows. But it seems the Pistons are intent on further evaluating Bey before truly entertaining his trade market."
Bey, 23, was drafted 19th overall by the Pistons back in 2020. Currently, the young forward finds himself in a bit of a slump. Through 17 games, he is averaging 14.7 PPG, 4. RPG, and 1.6 APG. Bey is also shooting a career-low 29% from beyond the arc.
The Memphis Grizzlies should make a call for Saddiq Bey
Even if the Pistons aren’t fully set on moving Saddiq Bey, the Memphis Grizzlies would be smart to do their due diligence. Being an older prospect, he fits the timeline of Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr, and Desmond Bane. Also, his play style makes him the perfect complement.
While he is struggling from deep right now, for his career, Bey is a strong outside shooter. In his first three seasons, he has converted close to 36% of his attempts while averaging almost seven per game.
Looking at the Memphis Grizzlies’ roster, wing depth is one of the key weak points. Especially in the long term, as Dillion Brooks is in a contract year. Given that he’s six-foot-seven, Bey has the potential to be a versatile wing on the defensive end of the floor.
Still years away from his prime, Bey has room for growth. If Memphis was able to pry him away from Detroit, he could become a key piece to an already promising young core.