3 players Grizzlies must target after losing OG Anunoby sweepstakes

Dec 28, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins during the second
Dec 28, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins during the second / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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For months, the Memphis Grizzlies have been viewed as a team in need of a rotational shakeup, and, to many, an effective course of action has been believed to be some sort of move via the trade market.

One of the more frequently discussed hypothetical scenarios has been GM Zach Kleiman striking a deal with the Toronto Raptors to land wing OG Anunoby, a player that the club was reported to have had "high, high interest" in acquiring.

However, these hopes of such a transaction were completely dashed on December 30 when the New York Knicks swooped in and coughed up a package of RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and draft compensation in exchange for his services.

As a result of losing out on the Anunoby sweepstakes, the Grizzlies find themselves still in need of some sort of move, though seemingly possess no clear alternate path toward making one.

Trade targets the Grizzlies must pursue following OG Anunoby deal

Though some may have believed the ex-Raptors forward would have been an ideal addition to Memphis' core, when looking across the league there are plenty of other players that could have quite a significant impact on the team if acquired.

With this in mind, here are a few names the Grizzlies may want to consider pursuing.

3. Dorian Finney-Smith

Even with Anunoby now off the board following his move to New York, the Grizzlies should still strongly consider bolstering their forward rotation via the trade market this season. Though perhaps not as sexy of a name, Brooklyn Nets veteran Dorian Finney-Smith must be a strong candidate for Kleiman and co. to pursue before the deadline.

A highly capable player who can play both inside and out on both ends of the floor, the 30-year-old has proven himself to be a sound role player at both the three and four throughout his eight seasons in the association.

Currently in his first full season with the Brooklyn Nets, Finney-Smith is putting forth one of his finest campaigns to date as he's posting 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and half a block per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the floor and 43.0 percent from distance.

While he might not have the overall upside that a player like Anunoby possesses, with his versatile defensive abilities, trusty shooting stroke, and overall willingness to hustle adding someone like Finney-Smith to this Grizzlies core could prove to be similarly as impactful, and presumably at a much lower cost.