2 players Grizzlies should pursue following Pascal Siakam trade

Nov 22, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) dribbles the
Nov 22, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) dribbles the / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Jakob Poeltl

Outside of their wing position, easily the most glaring rotational weakness for the Grizzlies this season has been down at the pivot.

From sliding traditional power forwards such as Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman down one slot to signing veterans such as Bismak Biyombo, coach Taylor Jenkins has tried and unfortunately failed to find any semblance of a sound replacement option for the injured Steven Adams at the five.

Now, considering the hope is the aforementioned Adams will make a full recovery from his knee surgery, many have been against the idea of Memphis shopping around for another center on the trade market, especially one that's on a long-term deal.

However, should there be any fears that the beloved franchise big may not return to his pre-injury form, perhaps the concept of looking for a new starting big both in the now and moving forward might not be such a bad option to consider this trade season, and someone they could be infinitely happy with acquiring is Raptors veteran, Jakob Poeltl.

One of the most underrated bigs in the game today, though far from flashy Poeltl is a tremendously efficient interior presence who can defend the rim just as easily as he can put a ball through it.

Now in his eighth year in the association, the 28-year-old finds himself posting overall solid averages of 10.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 blocks while shooting a career-best 68.5 percent from the floor.

Measuring in at 7-feet tall, Poeltl would provide the same type of intimidation factor down low that Adams does all at a more preferable age (Adams will be 31 come next season).

With the fact that the Raptors find themselves gearing up for a youth movement, the center seems to be the odd man out amongst the group, which has team President Masai Ujiri openly debating whether trading for him last season was a mistake or not.

Should Toronto be interested in moving the seasoned big, the Grizzlies should be interested in taking him off their hands.