3 under-the-radar free agents Grizzlies must pursue this summer

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3. Precious Achiuwa

Though many believe the main objective for this Grizzlies team should be to try and find a legitimate long-term replacement at the five for the now departed Steven Adams, of the many lessons learned throughout this long and grueling season, one was that Jaren Jackson Jr. can actually do a fine job manning the middle for this ball club.

From his ability to put the ball on the court and space the floor beyond the three-point line to his proven Defensive Player of the Year-winning skills on the less glamorous side of the court, it's rather evident that not many of today's centers are as skilled as trip, which, in many ways, gives Memphis an edge in the game planning department.

Should coach Jenkins opt to keep Jackson down at the pivot, a logical alternative move for the front office could be to search for a more old-school bruiser big who could slot in at the four and provide similar attributes to what a traditional center would.

Enter: Precious Achiuwa.

Throughout his four years in the association, the 24-year-old has made a name for himself as a rough-and-tough contributor who earns his minutes by gobbling up boards and, overall, playing physically.

Currently serving as a member of the second-seeded New York Knicks, Achiuwa wrapped up his regular season tenure in the Big Apple posting impressive averages of 7.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.1 blocks while shooting 52.5 percent from the field.

Now, he's serving as a positive, albeit underutilized rotation member for the Knickerbockers during their current playoff run.

Perhaps this lack of action could lead the big man to seek greener pastures during his upcoming free agency excursion, and the situation currently out in Memphis could be seen as intriguing for the former first-round pick -- assuming Jackson Jr. stays stationed at center, that is.