The Memphis Grizzlies are in a great spot to make some noise in the NBA Playoffs this year. Ja Morant has turned himself into an All-NBA-level player and is the likely frontrunner for the Most Improved Player Award. As of now, they’re playing like a top-six seed in the West.
Memphis has some great pieces around Morant, too. Desmond Bane has made a huge leap in his sophomore season, Jaren Jackson Jr. is playing his role well, and Dillon Brooks is turning into the amazing two-way player the Grizzlies needed him to be.
They’ve separated themselves as the bonafide fourth seed in the West to this point, and are looking like one of the most dangerous young teams in the league.
However, if they want to make a serious playoff run this year, some extra help around the perimeter could be useful. Enter the Charlotte Hornets.
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Charlotte made some noise to start the year but has since slowed down a bit. They’re a young, hungry team, but are severely lacking on the defensive side of the floor. They need a better big man rotation and some pieces that can help them on defense.
Gordon Hayward signed with the Hornets just a couple of offseasons ago, but with Miles Bridges’ progression, he’s not as crucial to Charlotte’s game plan.
The Memphis Grizzlies could use Gordon Hayward as a complementary piece next to Morant, while the Hornets could use some players that better fir their needs