The NBA trade deadline is months away, but the stage is already being set for which teams' squads will be ones to watch once the negotiations begin. A few teams have gotten off to good starts, and assuming they maintain consistency, they will look to make a deal or two as the deadline draws nearer.
The Memphis Grizzlies are one of these teams, having started the season 10-2. Their tenacity on defense and offensive approach are highly respectable, but their lack of overall depth is a cause for concern. The team has no reliable shooting guard and relies heavily on Rudy Gay and a combination of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to produce most of the scoring. On top of that, the team has no sixth man.
The same can be said about the Houston Rockets, despite their slow start. Carlos Delfino is the closest player they have to a sixth man, but he is currently injured and his overall production can be highly unpredictable. If Houston is to make a run, it needs more depth.
That said, though the trade deadline is far away, GMs like Daryl Morey, Chris Wallace and others should not be shy about starting their research now. Just one move can make a difference as the playoffs draw closer.