3 moves Grizzlies need to make after devastating Ja Morant injury

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2. Trade Luke Kennard

Even before news broke on Morant's season-ending surgery, the idea of trading Luke Kennard seemed to be quite popular among media outlets and a significant portion of the fanbase.

Though the initial thought behind such a concept was that his services and specific salary could theoretically net the Grizzlies a better-fitting piece to help aid in their presumed playoff push, now, with such a push almost certainly out the window, the franchise should be more inclined to make a move simply so they can get assets in the now rather than risk losing him for nothing this summer.

Attached to a contract with a club option in 2024-25 at a worth of $14.7 million, it has been largely speculated for some time now that the team is likely to opt out of the pact's final year, thus sending the 27-year-old into free agency.

Because of this, the idea of shopping him on the trade market has been oft discussed within the rumor mill, and Morant's injury shouldn't sway Memphis away from pursuing such a route.

A well established sniper from distance, Kennard boasts a career 43.5 long-range shooting percentage and, even throughout this injury-riddled campaign thus far, is still putting up enviable per-game averages of 8.2 points on 39.4 percent shooting from deep.

Already this season, it has been reported that the wing is someone "rival teams are keeping an eye on" as we inch closer to the trade deadline. For title-hopeful clubs in need of a shooting upgrade, Kennard could be a player worth ponying up some coveted draft capital for.