3 Players from recently eliminated playoff teams Grizzlies could pursue this summer

Dec 28, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins during the second
Dec 28, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins during the second / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Mo Bamba

As mentioned earlier, the Grizzlies find themselves heading into the offseason in possession of a lottery pick, one that's slated to fall within the top 10 in the draft order and, based on recent history, could slide up even higher than anticipated.

With how their rotation is constructed, many fans believe that the 2024 NBA Draft could provide an optimal way for the franchise to nab a long-term solution to their currently vacated center position, with some tabbing UConn's Donovan Clingan as an ideal target to consider.

However, there's a strong argument to be made that being this year's class is projected to be a rather weak one in terms of potential upside, the best course of action for Memphis may actually be to try and select based off the premise of "best player available" rather than simply trying to fill rotational needs.

Should they opt to go this route and, in turn, bypass nabbing a young pivot by these means, perhaps they would try their luck by scouring this year's free agency market for a player at the position who sports an enviable age and high-upside potential.

Though far from a sexy option on the surface, a guy like Mo Bamba may be worth taking a look at.

While he has yet to live up to his sixth overall pick status from the 2018 draft, there's still a ton of intruige that surrounds the 25-year-old big.

Measuring in at a towering 7-foot-tall and boasting an insane 7-foot-10 wingspan, Bamba has the build of a haunting interior presence on both ends of the ball, and his 7.4 block percentage this past season ranked higher than rim protector extraordinaires Rudy Gobert (5.5), Anthony Davis (5.7), and Chet Holmgren (7.3).

Add all this to the fact that he holds career averages of 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks on 47.8 percent shooting from the floor and 36.1 percent shooting from distance, and the hypothetical of this sound developmental Grizzlies team (recent success stories include GG Jackson, Vince Williams Jr., and Scotty Pippen Jr.) snatching someone of Bamba's upside up on a minimum deal should, at the very least, be considered.