The Memphis Grizzlies were rather active participants at this year's trade deadline, as they opted to serve as sellers while they look to get early prep going for the 2024-25 season and beyond.
In the process, GM Zach Kleiman made some rather tough decisions that saw several fan-favorite talents sent outbound in exchange for cap space, added salary assets, and, perhaps more importantly for the remainder of the campaign, extra minutes within the rotation.
Grizzlies who benefited most from NBA trade deadline moves
While Memphis may not have executed any splashy blockbusters or set themselves up for much team success during these final months of the year, the moves they made do seem to have the potential to positively effect several of their remaining players, some of which could see stronger impacts than others.
3. Vince Williams Jr.
Though it was already becoming quite clear that Vince Williams Jr. was evolving into a staple within this Grizzlies rotation, the club's trade deadline decisions served as a guarantee that the franchise will now be committing to focusing on the development of their promising youngsters for the remainder of the season, which is only bound to expand the 23-year-old's role even more.
Since being committed to as a full-time starter back on January 9, the wing has been on an absolute tear, as he's posting sensational averages of 15.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from distance.
With his play over this time span, the sophomore has managed to earn a full-scale contract with Memphis, inking a multi-year pact back on January 10.
Now, with the deadline officially in the rearview and with ample minutes to be played with the various departures of core contributors, expect Williams to continue honing his craft and establishing himself as a legitimate building block for the franchise moving forward.