3 trade targets Grizzlies must pursue with new $12.4 million DPE

Jan 9, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins watches the game
Jan 9, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins watches the game / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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2. James Wiseman

Sticking to the agenda of trying to add young project players, James Wiseman could be an optimal target to absorb into their disabled player exception ahead of this year's deadline.

Outside of their wing position, Memphis seems to have a serious conundrum when it comes to the future state of their center rotation.

Though primary starter Steven Adams is slated to make a full recovery from his season-ending knee surgery, over the past several months fears have risen over how much of an impact this lingering ailment will have on the veteran upon his return and whether the front office should consider finding an heir apparent to the 30-year-old prior to entering the final yet of his current contract.

While he may still be a work in progress, the 22-year-old should be seen as an interesting target in an attempt to bolster the team's depth at their pivot spot.

Even though he has fallen short of living up to his second-overall draft status from a few years back, with his quick feet, strength, and soft touch at the rim all packaged into a 6-foot-11 frame, the big man has certainly provided enough evidence that he has the capability of developing into a quality rotation player with the proper guidance.

Through three seasons played, the center has registered solid per-game averages of 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and just shy of a block while shooting 55.7 percent from the field.

With a value that is seemingly at an all-time low, the idea of landing a recent top-five draft selection for a potential package of, say, a few second round picks seems too good to pass up.

Add in the fact that he's a Tennessee native and attended school at the University of Memphis and this concept starts to look more like a no-brainer pursuit.