NBA Trade Rumors: Memphis Grizzlies looking for small forwards

May 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (left) and small forward Tayshaun Prince (right) react on the bench in the second half of game four of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies have been rejuvenated following the return of Marc Gasol. Since the reigning Defensive Player of the Year joined the lineup, the Grizzlies have gone 9-3 and are slowly creeping towards the eight-seed in the Western Conference. To bolster their postseason chances, the team is carefully looking for a small forward.

The Grizzlies aren’t necessarily among the more active teams, but they are known to be perusing their rivals’ rosters in search of an upgrade at the small forward spot. Veteran Tayshaun Prince is having the worst of his 12 seasons as a starter, averaging just 6.0 points (38% shooting overall, 29.5% from three-point range), 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 26.7 minutes a game.

(via USA Today Sports)

As mentioned in the report, it’s not like Memphis is actively looking for trades, but just about every team is open to making deals at this time of the year, so it’s only natural that the Grizzlies are looking to upgrade at the 3-spot. The lack for floor-spacers has been the biggest Achilles’ heel for this team over the last couple of years, and when Prince isn’t even able to hit the corner three, it creates a massive problem.

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