Grade the Trade: Grizzlies land star center, first-round pick in no-brainer trade idea

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The Memphis Grizzlies are entering a pivotal offseason. Following a 2023-24 campaign that saw them claim the league's seventh-worst record (27-55) and endure their first playoff-less finish since 2020, Grind City is looking to build their way back to a place of competency during these upcoming summer months.

Unfortunately for them, being they are severely cash-strapped and hold a middle-of-the-pack lottery selection that coincides with a weak class, the free agency market and the 2024 NBA Draft are not expected to be avenues that Zach Kleiman and company can embark on as a means of seriously improving their championship odds for next season.

Of course, the always exciting trade route is something that could be both a plausible and beneficial course of action Memphis' front office could look to consider in their quest for reestablished relevancy, and, recently, Myke Horrell of Bluff City Media proposed a particular blockbuster exchange that could accomplish this particular goal.

Blockbuster proposal lands Memphis Grizzlies a new All-Star center

Though injuries played a major role in the ball club's putrid performance this past campaign, even if health were completely on their side heading into next season this Grizzlies rotation still finds themselves with several sore spots that could use for some addressing.

Easily the main area of concern within coach Taylor Jenkins' lineup is the starting pivot position, for, following the mid-season trades of both Steven Adams and Xavier Tillman, Memphis' depth down low is quite barren.

Adding a high-upside, star-caliber talent to serve as the franchise's primary center should be at the top of the front office's to-do list this offseason, and Horrell believes to have constructed a trade that would provide a much-needed answer to their rotational quagmire.