2. SG/SF Garrett Temple — Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies might be the most active team at the NBA Trade Deadline this season. With some tradeable assets but no real chance of contending for an NBA Championship, Memphis can make the most of its situation, strip down certain pieces and build around Jaren Jackson Jr.
The Grizzlies were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season and even with a fully healthy team have a ceiling of an eighth-seed that would get swept in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
There is no better time to trade assets than during the Trade Deadline. Contenders will overpay for pieces and the Grizzlies would get more out of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley in February than the team would in July.
The Lakers probably won’t target either of those two players but can target a lesser piece in Garrett Temple. With Temple having an expiring contract, there really is no point for Memphis to hold onto him if there is an offer on the table.
Temple has had a great start to the season, averaging 16.0 points per game, but will inevitably fall back down to the eight or so points per game that he averaged last year.
Temple is a good asset for the Lakers to acquire for his three-point shooting, serving as a better version of Lance Stephenson. Temple shot 39.2 percent from beyond the arc last season and thus far this year is shooting a whopping 55.6 percent on 18 attempts.
He obviously won’t be a 55.6 percent three-point shooter but he can give the Lakers better shooting off the bench while remaining flexible in where to play him.