Losing the 6'9" power forward is a tough blow for the Grizzlies. Now, the Grizzlies, missing Arthur and Hamed Haddadi, still waiting to be cleared to return from Iran, must acquire a backup big man.
Arthur was solid for the Grizzlies off the bench last season. He averaged 9.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game, playing in 80 contests. He was a vital cog backing up Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.
Haddadi would be the next brick in the frontcourt foundation for the Grizzlies. He averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game last season while averaging 5.4 minutes per game. His advanced metrics are fantastic. He had a 31.6 percent defensive rebounding percentage last season.
Haddadi could return to the Grizzlies soon. According to The Commercial Appeal, Haddadi is soon to receive his visa.
Pending Haddadi's visa—and considering the lesser role he's had for the Grizzlies—the Grizzlies need to try to trade for a big man. Previously, the Grizzlies had tried for Josh McRoberts. However, with the snafu involving the fake trade news as reported by Tony Allen last week via Twitter, that could be sour grapes.
Chris Wallace and Larry Bird might not be able to shake that event in order to return to the bargaining table.
Either one would be a great replacement for Arthur.
Pulling a sign-and-trade deal for Kris Humphries would be a nice trade.
Humphries, who averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game for the New Jersey Nets last season, might want to bolt the Northeast since Kim Kardashian left him.
If the Grizzlies can exercise O.J. Mayo's trade value—despite any reservations by Michael Heisley—now is a good time.
Using the mid-level exception is a possibility, but Michael Heisley might not want to do that since it would put the Grizzlies past the luxury tax threshold.
Still, the Grizzlies need to make a move to get a big man to take the place of Arthur. His presence and productivity will be missed. If the Grizzlies don't get a big man, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph could be tired down the stretch.