With the NBA trade deadline approaching, there are teams that should be very active on the trade market. The Kristaps Porzingis trade has shocked NBA fans, but more are sure to come. These teams are all competing for a playoff spot, but need another push to be taken seriously. All of these teams are being reported to have interest in making a move before the NBA trade deadline. In this article, I break down what players they should be looking for and what affect trades could have on these teams. Charlotte Hornets As the Hornets remain on the edge of the playoffs, they look to add pieces to bolster their chances. The biggest move they're trying to make is a Marc Gasol
The Memphis Grizzlies need a trade. Reports recently came out that the Memphis Grizzlies are open to trading their franchise cornerstones, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. This may be overdue, as the grit and grind style of Memphis is ineffective in today's NBA. Luckily, the team can build around Jaren Jackson and finally look towards the future. As the grit and grind era comes to an end in Memphis, I looked for what trades can be made to jumpstart the Grizzlies rebuild. Trade #1 Grizzlies Recieve: Reggie Jackson, Jon Leuer, Stanley Johnson, 2019 1st Round Pick (Top 10 Protected), 2019 + 2020 Second Round Pick Pistons Recieve: Mike Conley, Omri Casspi For the Grizzlies, they manage to recoup decent value for their aging star on
After missing all of last season, Mike Conley is back on the court. Without him, Memphis struggled, winning just 22 games. Last season contained the lowest win total in the last 10 years for the Grizzlies. Now that he's back, the Grizzlies are back to their competitive ways. Between the readdition of Conley and the drafting of the rookie Jaren Jackson Jr, the Grizzlies have found themselves atop the challenging West. Jackson has been so good that he landed #3 in my rookie power rankings, but that's not what this article is about. The focus is on Conley and how he's turned this team around. How has Mike Conley Made the Grizzlies Good? Mike Conley has easily been the Grizzlies' best player.