3 Potential landing spots for Spurs sharpshooter Doug McDermott

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Memphis Grizzlies round out rotation with McDermott addition

There can be some hesitancy to trading with teams in the same conference, but the Spurs shouldn't be viewing the Memphis Grizzlies as their competition any time soon. Perhaps that will be more realistic in a few years, but right now, they're playing on vastly different levels.

The Grizzlies don't need to shake the tree to be a contender--they're doing just fine right now. They're sitting in 3rd place in the Western Conference, only trailing the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans, and have the look of a legitimate title contender. But title windows can close at a moment's notice and it's better to pounce now than wonder what could have been.

One thing that the Grizzles could do to solidify their title chances is shoring up the back end of their rotation and adding some additional shooting firepower in one swoop. Rotations do tighten up in the playoffs, but even then, I think the Grizzlies would reasonably feel more comfortable turning to an experienced veteran like McDermott than they would someone like Jake LaRavia or David Roddy.

It'd be easy for the Grizzlies to pull off. They've got Danny Green's salary and a Golden State Warriors future first-round pick that the Spurs would be happy to take on. That should be more than enough to get San Antonio's attention.

For the Spurs, it could feel strange to elevate another Western Conference team via trade but it would serve as another example of San Antonio doing right by their players and setting them up for success via trade while adding to their war chest of picks along the way.