Grade the Trade: Grizzlies land $45.8 million big man in costly summer proposal

Feb 28, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins directs his
Feb 28, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins directs his / Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
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Would the Grizzlies make this deal?

Without question, a talent like Clint Capela would bolster the frontcourt for the Grizzlies, and trading for him could be a legitimate way for them to replace the rebounding and rim-protecting abilities that Adams once provided on a nightly basis heading into next season.

On pace toward registering his seventh-straight double-double season, the big boasts solid averages of 11.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor which, certainly on paper, would be highly beneficial to add into Memphis' rotation.

However, doing so while adhearing to the confines of this proposal may be a bit too steep for the Grizzlies to realistically consider.

Ziaire Williams is someone who some believe could wind up being shipped outbound this summer following the emergence of both GG Jackson and Vince Williams Jr. out on the wing this season but Brandon Clarke is a player that would likely take way more convincing for them to part with.

Though he may be coming off a serious Achilles tear and hasn't played since last March, current reports seem to suggest that the power forward is progressing well in his rehabilitation and, by all accounts, is expected to be a full go come the start of next season and perhaps could get some run in before the conclusion of this year.

Adding his two-way capabilities back into this Grizzlies' frontcourt would be a tremendous luxury as they gear up for a hopeful title run.

Of course, there is the possibility that Memphis fears Clarke won't be able to perform at his pre-injury level, thus obviously making him more expendable and, in turn, making Swartz's proposal more plausible.

Still, even with that "what if" scenario, all this along with a first-round pick in exchange for a highly limited center on the decline who will be making $22.2 million next season appears too costly of aprice to pay.

Grade: C-