3 Grizzlies who survived trade deadline that will likely be traded in offseason

Jan 20, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins reacts against the
Jan 20, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins reacts against the / Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Luke Kennard

Though he may be one of the league's premier sharpshooters and proved to be quite impactful during their previous postseason run, what Luke Kennard provides from an overall standpoint to this Grizzlies team is seemingly overshadowed by his lofty $14.7 million expected payday for next season.

If we learned anything from Memphis' decision to move on from Steven Adams, it's that they are interested in cutting down on their salary commitments leading into the 2024 offseason, a time where even Zach Kleiman hinted could see some splashy ordeals take place.

Considering he ranks as the fourth-highest earner on the team's payroll heading into next season, trading Kennard could realistically be the next financially-driven move the GM could look to make and, if the pre-deadline chatter is any indicator, several teams could be interested in attaining his services.

Revealed to have been "a player rival teams are keeping an eye on" ahead of the deadline byHoopsHype's Michael Scotto, despite sporting a rather one-dimensional game, clubs in need of said dimension could greatly benefit from his services.

A phenomenal off-ball scorer and long-range sniper, since 2018-19 the 27-year-old boasts impressive averages of 10.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists while converting on 45.6 percent of his shots from the floor and 44.2 percent of his attempts from distance.

While there's an argument to be made that a fully healthy Grizzlies team could use for someone of Kennard's ilk, with the development of Vince Williams Jr. as a reliable 3-and-D wing, the emergence of GG Jackson as a stellar scoring threat, and, though to a lesser extent, the reacquisition of the much cheaper long-range shooter Yuta Watanabe (has shot 38.2 percent from distance since 2020), the veteran's value to this team may be greatest while serving as a trade asset rather than an on-court one ahead of next season.