3 under-the-radar trade targets Grizzlies must pursue

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2. Aaron Nesmith

When fully healthy, Memphis boasts one of the most well-rounded starting units in the entire league. From established stars like Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. to stellar glue guys like Steven Adams, the club's first-five lineup is a near-ideal collection.

Frankly, the one area that they don't seem to have a clear go-to option in is at their three spot, which has been a position coach Taylor Jenkins has experimented with ad nauseam through the first half of this season, albeit to no avail.

Instead of continuing to try promoting from within, perhaps the Grizzlies may want to look to the trade market to find a possible long-term solution to their starting wing woes, and one player worth taking a swing at is Pacers small forward, Aaron Nesmith.

Selected 14 in the 2020 NBA Draft, Nesmith has yet to live up to the lofty expectations that come with being selected in the lottery, though he flashes the potential of doing so if put in the right setting.

Memphis could provide him exactly that.

Now in his fourth season, the former Vanderbilt star finds himself posting solid averages of 12.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and just shy of a block per game while shooting 52.1 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from deep.

With his stellar abilities to score off-ball and buy a bucket from virtually anywhere on the floor in isolation sets he could be a great addition to a Memphis team that, on the season, ranks dead last in points per game (107.5).

Still just 24 years old, Nesmith has plenty of time to develop his overall craft as a player, and, to some, his upside is believed to be anywhere from Robert Covington to even Klay Thompson-esque.

Such promise is certainly worth coughing up some future draft capital for and, being his $5.6 million salary fits seamlessly into the club's Dillon Brooks TPE, the Grizzlies would be foolish not to inquire about his availability ahead of February 8.