The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to take the next step towards competing. They missed out on the postseason a year ago in the bubble when they lost the final play-in game. They have their future NBA All-Star in Ja Morant to build around and now it is about finding the right players to put around him.
Morant has already shown that he is a franchise player worthy of being the leader on a team. In 17 games, he is averaging 18.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 7.8 assists despite dealing with injuries. He needs more help in the supporting cast for the Grizzlies to make a run at a playoff spot.
Jonas Valanciunas is off to a good start this season with 16.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. As we get closer to the NBA trade deadline, the Grizzlies could look to make some improvements and Valanciunas is an interesting name to keep an eye in NBA trade rumors given his performance.
The Orlando Magic are another team that could look to shake things up. After being a postseason team in each of the last two years, they are not looking like that this year. With Nikola Vucevic playing at such a high-level right now, could they look to sell-high on his trade value?
Orlando has struggled on both ends of the floor and their inconsistencies have caused a mediocre start to the season. They have plenty of assets that they could include in a deal and the front office needs to decide which ones they would like to keep long term.
These are two teams in similar positions in their conference. Here is what a potential deal between the two sides could look like.