NBA Trade Rumors: Will the Memphis Grizzlies Make a Move Before the Deadline?

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2011

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 08:  Head coach Lionel Hollins of the Memphis Grizzlies during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 8, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Grizzlies defeated the Suns 104-98 in overtime.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This season for the Memphis Grizzlies is starting to look a lot like last season. The Grizzlies have won 19 games thus far and are in last place in the division. The playoffs may be a long shot for them if they stand pat with the same roster. Playing in the Western Conference is no easy task. Winning 45 games may not be enough for a team to get in the playoffs as an eighth seed.  

The Memphis Grizzlies have many trade options on the roster. The most intriguing prospect is O.J. Mayo. Mayo is a young talent with a lot of potential. As of late Mayo's name has been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons.

The Grizzlies have a need for a veteran player with strong leadership qualities. Outside of Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, the Grizzlies are a very young team with a lot of players with minimal NBA credentials. There are several teams in the NBA that are trying to dump veteran players to start a rebuilding process.

The Charlotte Bobcats have been shopping Stephen Jackson and the Philadelphia 76ers have had speculation about trading Andre Iguodala as well. Both of the players mentioned would fair well with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Andre Iguodala would be a great complement to Rudy Gay and Mike Conley on the perimeter. Iguodala is a lockdown defender that has the ability to score 15-17 ppg with ease. Iguodala's best asset would be his defensive prowess. Looking at the Grizzlies starting lineup it would make perfect sense to add a veteran player with the pedigree of Andre Iguodala.

Stephen Jackson may be the most realistic option. The Grizzlies could move Mayo and a few other players to package a trade with a future draft pick and Stephen Jackson. Jackson is a fierce competitor that would fill in the glaring hole at the shooting guard position. Jackson's big game experience could bold well for the Memphis Grizzlies as they prepare to make a run for the playoffs.

The Memphis Grizzlies are almost a playoff team. Despite being in last place in the division the Grizzlies almost have enough to make a run at the playoffs. The addition of a veteran presence with playoff experience could help the Grizz get over the hump.

The Grizzlies have not been to the playoffs since the days of Pau Gasol. The Grizzlies are close to reaching their goal, but a change or two will be needed to make a primed run to make the Western Conference playoffs.