Grizzlies could spend 'much bigger, and more freely' after key mid-season move

Feb 15, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins watch during the
Feb 15, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins watch during the / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies may not have made any major blockbuster splashes at this year's deadline, but the moves they did make have seemingly set themselves up rather nicely to make some serious shakeups at some point in the not-too-distant future.

In a recently penned piece by ESPN's Chris Herring, the senior writer discussed the impact that the club's deals have had and will have on them moving forward, and specifically highlighted the Steven Adams trade and, in turn, the shedding of his $12.6 million pay day for next season as something that could make them "bigger" spenders in their efforts to surround the likes of Ja Morant with title-worthy contributors.

Grizzlies could spend 'much bigger' after Steven Adams trade

"The club moved a pair of centers in Steven Adams and Xavier Tillman for picks and long-term flexibility. Adams, in particular, already had missed the whole season, and he was sent to Houston to help the Grizzlies avoid the league's first tax apron. It is something that shot help them spend much bigger, and more freely, if and when they have a roster healthy enough to win again with Ja Morant."

Chris Herring

Despite what their 20-39 record may suggest, when healthy this Grizzlies team is a legitimate threat to take home the Larry O'Brien Trophy thanks to their youth-driven and star-studded core of Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane, and, of course, Morant.

Along with this tantalizing trio Memphis also rosters several other quality talents who are expected to help aid in their desired winning ways come next season, with headline names being Marcus Smart, rising star Vince Williams Jr., and GG Jackson.

Of course, with the departure of both Adams and Xavier Tillman at this year's deadline, the Grizzlies do find themselves with quite a significant rotational hole in dire need of filling at their center spot however, per GM Zach Kleiman himself, the front office will be focusing a significant amount of attention on the position during this coming offseason.

In Herring's eyes, Memphis could end up being quite flexible with their approach to finding a new primary pivot thanks, in large, to their decision-making leading up to the February 8 cut-off which should be an exciting bit of buzz for fans to hear.