Grizzlies trade for 6x All-Star & 4x rebound champion in perfect trade proposal

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For months now, fans and media pundits alike have been debating ad nauseam about how the Memphis Grizzlies should strongly consider making serious improvements to their rotation, with their wing and center spots being major points of emphasis amongst such chatter.

While there has been a great amount of discussion when it comes to how the front office should look to approach this particular matter, recently Bleacher Report's Zach Buckley constructed a new hypothetical trade scenario that would help them bolster both of these aforementioned positions in one fell swoop.

New Grizzlies trade proposal lands DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond

DeMar, Drummond

In the past, Chicago Bulls studs DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond have been tabbed as viable targets the Grizzlies should have on their radar ahead of February 8's deadline, with the latter even recently being labeled "one of the best low-risk, high-reward" options this team could realistically land.

In Buckley's proposal, Zach Kleiman and company are finally able to bring both to the 38103.

"The Grizzlies are already approaching throw-caution-to-the-wind time, as Ja Morant's 25-game suspension forced them to dig out of a deep hole. If they can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, though, they could still try going for it. DeRozan could immediately jolt their league-worst offense, while Drummond's arrival could be hugely helpful for their injury-riddled frontcourt."

Zach Buckley

With the wing slot easily being their biggest rotational weakness, bringing an established six-time All-Star in DeRozan aboard to man the position could be a tremendous solution to the positional problem.

A player who can contribute effectively on both ends of the floor, now in year 15 the forward still finds himself producing at a superb level, dropping averages of 22.2 points, 5.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and just shy of a block while shooting 46.5 percent from the floor and 34.4 percent from deep.

Adding a player of DeRozan's caliber to this starting core would not only provide Taylor Jenkins with an answer to their three-spot conundrum but would also give them a true tertiary scoring option to have supporting superstar Ja Morant and running alongside rising star Desmond Bane.

As for Drummond's arrival, he would finally give the Grizzlies a solution to their woeful center rotation after having attempted to fill the pivot spot with replacement options for shelved starter Steven Adams, all of whom have seemed to drastically fail through this point in time.

Though no longer the two-time All-Star he once was in his prime, the 30-year-old still shows flashes of his four-time rebounding champion self and provides menacing size (6-foot-11, 280 pounds) and rim-protecting abilities that are quite reminiscent to the likes of their typical paint dwelling starter.

On the year, Drummond has primarily been utilized as a reserve big for the Bulls and is posting solid per-game averages of 7.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals on 51.9 percent shooting as a whole.

However, he's also seen six starts on the year as a result of injuries within Chicago's rotation, where he's managed to produce enviably to the tune of 12.8 points, 17.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks on 53.2 percent shooting.

Bringing on both of these talents in exchange for two rather underwhelming rotational players in Luke Kennard and Ziaire Williams, a currently injured Brandon Clarke, and a coupled of future firsts when they have a bevy more waiting in their reserves thanks to savvy trades over the years seems to have the makings of a tremendous deal for the Grizzlies and should strongly be considered ahead of February's deadline.

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