3 notable center trade targets Grizzlies have been linked to

Jan 11, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic (20) gets the rebound
Jan 11, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic (20) gets the rebound / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Heading into this offseason, Zach Kleiman has already made it abundantly clear that one of his main missions for this Memphis Grizzlies team is to find reinforcements at the center position.

During his exit interview held two weeks ago, the general manager addressed the club's current situation down at the five and highlighted the fact that they "see the value of having a more traditional or true big" within their rotation, suggesting that finding such a talent could be a top objective for the franchise during the coming summer months.

With this narrative out in the open, it should come as no surprise that the Grizzlies have subsequently found themselves linked to a slew of centers strewn across the league who, in one way or another, are being viewed as possible targets for the franchise to pursue.

Notable center trade targets that have recently been linked to Grizzlies

Though many are of the belief that perhaps the best way for Memphis to address their center slot is by selecting one in the upcoming draft or signing a low-cost option in free agency, over the last few weeks there have been a few noteworthy names, in particular, who have been linked as potential trade targets this summer.

3. Jusuf Nurkic

The player most recently linked to the Grizzlies as a possible trade target is also one of the more recent talents to have been eliminated from championship contention, as Jusuf Nurkic and the Phoenix Suns were officially axed from the NBA Playoffs with their Game 4 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves this past Sunday.

Now, with such an upsetting end to the season, many are of the impression that the win-now Suns could opt to blow things up which, in turn, would see them selling off their more seasoned and higher-priced commodities.

Of course, owner Mat Ishbia recently went on record praising his team's efforts while simultaneously hinting that the franchise is still looking to contend for a title with their big three of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal intact and suggested that they will be looking to make moves falling on the minor side to strengthen the supporting cast insted.

Either way, moving on from Nurkic and the final two years of his current $70 million contract would be acceptable with either course of action, and, according to Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey, the Grizzlies should be interested in pursuing his services.

"Jaren Jackson Jr.'s weaknesses (including his lack of rebounding and the way he's sometimes pushed around by bigger 5s) were harder to expose when he was playing alongside Steven Adams. And he and Nurkić could recreate that dynamic."

Andy Bailey

Though far from a star-caliber player, the 29-year-old has established himself as a quality low-post presence throughout his 10-year career who prioritizes rebounding, defense, and setting hard screens.

In many ways, these attributes are the ones generally favored coming out of the frontcourt in Memphis.

This past season, Nurkic posted solid per-game averages of 10.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 blocks while shooting 51.0 percent shooting from distance all while boasting a stellar defensive rating of 108 along the way.

Is he the sexiest of names out there? No. However, if the Grizzlies could land him at a similar cost to what Bailey proposed in his piece, the veteran could be a tremendous add to this win-now team.