2. Portland Trail Blazers
Staying in the same conference as the Grizzlies and Spurs, the Portland Trail Blazers could also be a franchise willing to take on the likes of Williams for a multitude of reasons.
Aside from being a tanking team themselves, when looking at the current state of their rotation it's evident that while they have ample depth within their backcourt and at their big man positions, their wing arsenal is something that is sorely lacking in talent.
The idea here is quite simple -- Portland could be in an optimal position to take a gamble on Williams' upside while taking a primary focus on their youth movement.
Of course, we at BSB are not alone when talking about how the Grizzlies wing could be an interesting trade option for Portland ahead of this year's deadline, as Rip City Project's Andrew Hanlon has even gone on record to deem the youngster as an "ideal" target for the team.
"Despite being inefficient and averaging only 7.7 points, there are signs that point to growth in the 22-year-old's game. He's getting to the line more often and is shooting 83.1 percent from the stripe. He's averaging career highs in rebounds (3.4) and assists (1.5). Not eye-popping numbers, but still growth from a player who was exceedingly raw coming into the league.- Andrew Hanlon
Scoot Henderson, Shaedon Sharpe and Anfernee Simons have the Blazers set in the backcourt as Portland begins its rebuild, but the franchise doesn't have any high-upside prospects on the wing. Williams would be an ideal fit.
At the very least, he's a young, inexpensive lottery ticket who will get more opportunity to develop with the Blazers than he has with the Grizzlies."
His potential coupled with the allure of having lottery-selected players from three of the most recent drafts (already have Shaedon Sharpe and Scoot Henderson) all under the age of 25 on their roster may be appealing enough for GM Joe Cronin to make an offer.