Grizzlies trade idea swap Ziaire Williams, 3 future firsts for $72 million wing

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Though the Memphis Grizzlies may have quite a long journey back on the road to recovery what with their 9-19 record and their third-worst standing out in the Western Conference, with Ja Morant now back in the fold following his 25-game suspension it appears, in many ways, there seems to be a new found sense of hope.

Since making his return back to the lineup on December 19, the ball club has gone undefeated at 3-0 and boast both the sixth-best offensive and defensive rating over this timespan.

Of course, with how far behind they are in the standings coupled with how good the rest of their conference foes have proven to be this season, it goes without saying that this team as currently constructed is going to need to perform at their best and then some to simply claw their way toward a Play-In slot, let alone a postseason berth.

However, adding some extra talents to support the stud trio of Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane, and Morant could be a highly strategic and impactful way to make the ease of travel much more effective and, just recently, the folks at Bleacher Report constructed a hypothetical trade idea that would do exactly this.

Grizzlies trade idea finally sends OG Anunoby to Grind City

OG Anunoby B/R trade

Citing the fact that "the amount of ground they need to make up might require an aggressive addition," writer Zach Buckley believes that acquiring oft-linked Toronto Raptors wing OG Anunoby could serve as said add.

"Anunoby could be the long, two-way wing this roster has needed for years, and if Memphis is prepared to cover the cost of his upcoming free agency, it should have a contending core with him, Morant, Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr."

Zach Buckley

As noted, Anunoby has been a player often mentioned as being a possible target for the wing-needy Grizzlies team, and reports date back to last season that state the franchise has had "high, high interest" in acquiring his services.

Now in his seventh season in the association, Anunoby has made a name for himself as being a highly effective two-way contributor and boasts All-Defensive accolades and championship experience.

Through 25 games played this year, the 26-year-old is sporting averages of 14.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.0 steals while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent shooting from deep.

Adding Anunoby's skill set into the starting rotation could very well prove to be of great service for the remainder of this season and, assuming they re-sign him this coming offseason (has a player option for 2024-25), for many years to come.

While the idea of parting ways with sharpshooter Luke Kennard and a few future firsts might initially be a rather tough pill to swallow, for the high-end upside Anunoby possesses, such a move could be well worth it for the Grizzl