1. Saddiq Bey
Though the Grizzlies should emphasize youth on the trade market should they look to use their DPE, not all options need to be underperforming projects such as the two that have already been mentioned.
Saddiq Bey is a player who has been linked on numerous occasions as being a quality target for Memphis to consider pursuing ahead of February's deadline, and while he has been floated primarily as a TPE candidate, his $4.5 million salary this season would also fit seamlessly into the club's new $12.4 million exception.
Three seasons removed from being selected 19 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, the 24-year-old finds himself posting solid averages of 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and a steal per-game.
While he may not have the upside that either of the other two talents mentioned here today do, Bey is a ready-made talent who can be plugged in at the team's starting small forward position right from the jump and can contribute as a reliable perimeter scoring option, as he holds a 35.4 percent three-point shooting clip for his career.
While his defense isn't much to write home about, with his on-court efforts coupled with his impressive 6-foot-7 build and 6-foot-11 wingspan, he'd be far from a liability within a lineup already consisting of two of the game's most recent Defensive Player of the Year recipients in Jaren Jackson Jr. and, once he returns to the hardwood, Marcus Smart.
For the right price, Bey would be a great player for the Grizzlies to target with any one of their exceptions.