Grizzlies gearing up for closer look at popular $39 million trade target

Dec 4, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) drives with the
Dec 4, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) drives with the / Allison Farrand-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies have seemingly been in disarray all throughout these early stages of 2023-24. From their second-worst offensive rating to their fourth-worst record at 5-14, it's evident that this club could use some extra firepower within their arsenal to help aid in their efforts to hop onto the proverbial road to recovery.

Throughout the season, both fans and media pundits have come up with several hypothetical ways for the Grizzlies to get themselves back on track, with perhaps the most popular suggestion being the front office should focus their attention on adding some high-upside outsourced talents via the trade market.

With this proposed method, there have been a plethora of names linked as being possible targets for GM Zach Kleiman and company to consider pursuing, with players ranging from established All-Stars to steady bench contributors.

One player who resides somewhere closer to the middle of these aforementioned parameters is veteran wing Bojan Bogdanovic, who, in the past, has been tabbed as an individual that could "substantially improve the Grizzlies’ offensive menu," and Wednesday night will provide the club with their first opportunity to see him perform up close, as they hit the road to play him and the 2-18 Detroit Pistons out at Little Caesars Arena.

Grizzlies get first opportunity to see Bojan Bogdanovic in 2023-24

A player we at BSB believe could help inch a fully healthy Grizzlies squad closer to legitimate championship contention, Bogdanovic is a brand of baller that would provide much-needed scoring abilities to this second-worst point-per-game club all while simultaneously bolstering their currently depleted wing position.

Over the five seasons coming into this one, the 34-year-old found himself averaging 18.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting an incredibly respectable 46.6 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from deep while 2022-23 ultimately proved to be one of his best from a statistical standpoint, finishing off with averages of 21.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from distance.

Though he has been sidelined for the majority of this year thus far due to a nagging calf ailment, just recently Bogdanovic made his way back to the hardwood on December 2, where he would pick up right where he left off by dropping 22.0 points on 46.7 percent shooting from the field.

With superstar guard Ja Morant's return rapidly approaching, the Grizzlies may want to start making some complimentary moves to better support their cornerstone upon his arrival as they attempt to climb their way out of the Western Conference dungeons.

Trading for three-level scoring Bogdanovic and his partially guaranteed two-year, $39 million deal could be an ideal way to do just that.

Perhaps Wednesday evening could serve as some sort of audition.