The Memphis Grizzlies may be boasting a lowly record of 3-10 through their first 13 games of the 2023-24 campaign, but hope is by no means lost.
Considering how they've performed in recent days, most notable with their near-upset win over the title-favorite Boston Celtics this past Sunday, all Taylor Jenkins' club may need is a bit more of a jolt in energy to get themselves back on track and succeed similarly to preseason expectations.
While the biggest addition to help aid in this department will likely be coming in mid-December once they get Ja Morant back from his league-issued suspension, what with their bevy of injury woes perhaps it may be wise for them to add some extra reinforcements to their talent pool along with the superstar guard.
In the eyes of Bleacher Report's Greg Swartz, being Memphis is slated to be without stud big Steven Adams for the entirety of the season as he recovers from surgery on his right knee, two players GM Zach Kleiman and company should be targeting are Atlanta Hawks pivot Clint Capela and Chicago Bulls star Nikola Vucevic.
Grizzlies urged to target Clint Capela, Nikola Vucevic via trade
"Finding a replacement for Adams, if only for this season, is a must as well. No offense to Bismack Biyombo or Xavier Tillman Sr., but both make better backups than starters at this stage of their careers.- Greg Swartz on Grizzlies
This could mean making a run at Clint Capela or Nikola Vučević, the latter of whom would really help breathe some life into a 28th-ranked offense.
The Grizzlies may not be able to wait until February to make a move, either, and should already be engaging in trade talks with the rest of the league to prevent punting on this season."
Over the past several weeks, both of these aforementioned players have been linked as possible trade options for the Grizzlies to pursue, and for good reason.
A 10-year veteran, Capela has established himself as a quality starting five in the association who is a menace in the rebounding and shot-blocking fields of the game and can excel as a recipient in pick-and-roll lob sets.
Since 2017 the 29-year-old finds himself sporting impressive averages of 13.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 63.1 percent from deep.
As for Vucevic, his arrival would be far more alluring as he'd add tremendous interior offensive experience and underrated passing abilities that would keep defenses on their toes and open up the perimeter more for the likes of Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Luke Kennard, among others.
A two-time All-Star, the big man finds himself amid yet another stellar campaign as he's posting impressive averages of 16.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.
While getting Morant back into the mix will undoubtably be a major positive for this Grizzlies team, considering the uphill battle they've created for themselves during these infancy stages of the year, he alone may not be enough to get this team to the title-hopeful level in which they believed they could be coming in.
However, as Swartz suggested, perhaps adding another player in the meantime could better their odds of thrusting themselves into such an enviable position later on in the season, and Capela or Vucevic are seen as individuals who could help in these efforts.