3 Unpopular trades Grizzlies should explore this summer

These are a few unpopular but potentially rewarding trades Memphis should consider making in the coming offseason.
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It has been the most unfortunate of unfortunate seasons for the Memphis Grizzlies. A team that would have unquestionably been in the playoffs with all their players healthy found themselves decimated by injuries and firmly on the outside of the postseason picture looking in.

Taking a look around the league, it is hard to recall a season for any team in recent NBA history that suffered as much due to injuries as the Grizzlies did this year. Ja Morant, Marcus Smart, Desmond Bane, Brandon Clarke, Steven Adams (prior to trade), Luke Kennard and Derrick Rose have all missed major time or have yet to appear in a game for Memphis this season.

These unfortunate circumstances simply buried a team trying to compete in an already-stacked Western Conference. As the front office evaluates the team's roster this summer, everything will be on the table as they attempt to regroup and build a winner for next season. These are four unpopular trades they should be considering in the offseason.

Go all-in on a new center

It is no secret that one of the Grizzlies' biggest needs at the moment is a new center. After trading away the injured Steven Adams ahead of the trade deadline, their center rotation is currently the most lacking of any positional group.

The Grizzlies are very deep at guard with Morant, Smart, Bane and Kennard. They are still lacking at wing as well, but the emergence of GG Jackson should help going forward. Playing with size is becoming important in the NBA once again, and Memphis will want to make sure to strengthen the center position.

Memphis has the means to go after a big name at center via trade if they end up going that route. Guys like Nic Claxton and Isaiah Hartenstein would be dream additions to put next to Jaren Jackson Jr. in the frontcourt.