3 teams Grizzlies could trade No. 9 pick to ahead of 2024 NBA Draft

Mar 11, 2024; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic (20) drives to the basket
Mar 11, 2024; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic (20) drives to the basket / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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Even with their recent first-round sweep, Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia has already gone out and publicly stated that the franchise intends to keep their core of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal intact moving forward, as their aim is still to contend for championships.

In turn, the front office will likely be looking to tweak the rotation around the aforementioned big three this coming summer, though doing so while owning the second-highest payroll in the association may prove to be a tad bit challenging.

Pursuing high-upside talents via the NBA Draft could be a rather simplistic and cost-efficient way for the cash-strapped Suns to bolster their rotation. Of course, at 22 overall in what is being labeled a weak class, by the time they get on the board all the coveted prospects are bound to be gone.

Because of this, the Grizzlies may want to consider dangling their lottery pick in GM James Jones' direction, for, even though it may not be a more preferable top-five slot, at ninth overall there are still projected to be several intriguing young talents available, including G League Ignite's Ron Holland, a player some have ranked as 2024's top prospect.

In turn, the Suns may be so desperate where, in a hypothetical transaction, they could agree to take on some of Memphis' more complex and higher-priced contracts (Luke Kennard, for example) in exchange for, say, the rights to a future first-rounder and perhaps even a player at a position in need such as veteran center, Jusuf Nurkic.