3 Offseason splash moves to help fix the Memphis Grizzlies

NBA Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant (Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Memphis Grizzlies have some work to do this offseason. 

The Memphis Grizzlies need to fix their roster.

The Grizzlies recently lost their first-round matchup vs the 7-seed Los Angeles Lakers in six games, and it raised a lot of questions about what the future for Memphis will look like.

Throughout the series (up until Game 6), the Grizzlies competed well on both sides of the floor despite missing key big men Steven Adams and Brandon Clarke. But despite their frontcourt absences, there are clearly areas Memphis needs to improve this offseason.

We explore three offseason splash moves that could help solve the team’s issues heading into next season.

1. Addressing their small forward issue: OG Anunoby

The Grizzlies need a new small forward; Dillon Brooks doesn’t cut it anymore.

As we’ve seen throughout this season Brooks is an All-NBA level defender and he has a fantastic track record of guarding all-stars in the league. But his offense shortcomings outweigh his defensive prowess.

Brooks has some of the most questionable shot selections in the league, and he slows down the Grizzlies’ offense. This season was also his worst shooting season since his rookie year. Memphis is already a team who lacks floor spacing, and that’s something you need in abundance next to someone like Morant to get the most out of his slashing ability.

Possibly worst of all, Brooks has a habit of on and off-court antics. And his way of acting seems like something he won’t change anytime soon.

With Brooks being a free agent this summer, a perfect small forward replacement would be OG Anunoby.

Anunoby is someone that is the polar opposite of Brooks and is exactly what the Grizzlies need.

During the playoffs, Memphis lacked shooting and extra shot-creating. Anunoby is someone who can provide both, and he doesn’t compromise the Grizzlies’ defensive identity. In fact, he makes it stronger.

Anunoby has proven playoff experience and still fits the young core Memphis is building. During the trade deadline this season there were rumors the Grizz tried to acquire him, but it didn’t happen. With Anunoby only having one year and a player option left on his contract, while the Raptors seem content with offloading anyone but Scottie Barnes, Memphis should manage to get him for a reasonable price.

The Grizzlies have all their own first-round picks up until 2030, a Golden State pick next year, and plenty of young assets. They can easily assemble a good trade package for any player. With Anunoby on a soon-expiring contract, 2-3 first-rounders plus Ziaire Williams a former top 10 pick that’s shown promise, should be enough to acquire the once NBA champion.