Despite the fact that they currently boast a lackluster 15-25 record and have a slew of core players sidelined due to injury, these Memphis Grizzlies still find themselves fighting to stay alive within the Western Conference standings.
Over their last eight games, the ball club has gone 5-3 and is boasting a point differential of +28 throughout this stretch.
Though the odds are undoubtedly stacked against them when it comes to the possibility of vying for a Play-In slot, some such as Damichael Cole of the Commercial Appeal strongly believe that this team will continue to try and "chase" this improbable goal and a way for them to strengthen their chances of doing so is by looking to the trade market for some extra jolts of energy.
Interestingly enough, the two teams that recently took part in the regular season's first blockbuster transaction earlier this week could prove to be viable partners for the Grizzlies in such a pursuit.
Raptors, Pacers trade targets the Memphis Grizzlies could pursue
On Wednesday, January 17 the Raptors agreed to a trade with the Pacers that sent star Pascal Siakam out to Indianapolis.
In doing so, both organizations seemingly shifted their respective season-long trajectories in one fell swoop, with Toronto presumably now gunning for a rebuild and Indy looking to contend for a deep playoff run.
Now, while these two teams may be looking to accomplish different things this year, they could both still be interested in making some extra moves on the trade market, and there are a couple of players residing on both rosters that the Grizzlies should have their eyes on ahead of the February 8 deadline.