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Report: Grizzlies looking to get Speights in deal

Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:17 am
Edited on: January 4, 2012 1:09 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Grizzlies front line is thin and has been even thinner with Darrell Arthur's season-ending injury and now Zach Randolph's knee turned out to be more serious than originally though (out eight weeks with an MCL tear).

Currently though, Memphis doesn't have really any depth inside.

But they're looking to beef that up. According to, the Grizzlies are in "advanced talks" to acquire Marreese Speights from the 76ers in a three-team deal with the Hornets.

In the proposed trade, Speights would go to Memphis, Xavier Henry to New Orleans and the Hornets would give Philadelphia two future first round picks. Those aren't big names, but that's quietly kind of a big trade.

Speights will make a huge impact on the Grizzlies, but they'll be giving up a lottery pick from last year in Henry. Henry hasn't been able to find a spot in the Memphis rotation with O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen getting the minutes in front of him, but the Hornets, a team in search of young talent, could be a good fit for him. It comes at the cost of future first round picks, something the Hornets want to rebuild with after the Chris Paul deal, but Henry is a first round talent anyway.

Speights has been a terrific bench player with the 76ers in terms of per-minute production, but hasn't found many minutes this season, not having played yet instead seeing Doug Collins go with rookie Nikola Vucevic. But for Memphis, Speights will immediately step into the rotation and play big minutes for a contender.

Assuming it goes through, it's a quality deal for Memphis because it's something that fills a very big need. While giving up Henry is a shame, he wasn't a player seeing minutes anyway and the Grizzlies are trying to win now, not build for the future anymore.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:38 pm

Report: Grizzlies looking to get Speights in deal

Why would the NBA kill a trade that the team they owned? It makes perfect sense for Memphis. 2 first rounders seems a like a lot, but the Grizzlies are already very young and have already committed to their core of Conley, Gay, Randolph, and Gasol.

Memphis would only be giving up 2 picks in the high teens. Usually picks that high tend to be role players which Memphis really doesn't need right now.

Philly really needs to pull in a superstar though. They are loaded with above average young talent on that roster, but lack a legitimate superstar. Packaging Iguodala along with another young talent like Evan Turner or Thad Young could pull a superstar in.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:11 pm

Report: Grizzlies looking to get Speights in deal

Man, if the NBA killed the Lakers trade for Chris Paul for "basketball reasons" they have to kill this thing.  The Grizzlies get a player who, although healthy, has not played a single minute this year, the Hornets get another healthy player who has not played a single minute AND give up two first round draft picks which are like gold to a crappy team...How the hell does this trade make the Hornets better now or in the future?

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:35 pm
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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:29 pm

Report: Grizzlies looking to get Speights in deal

Speights is a decent player....but he's just kind of....dumb?  He'll score in bunches at some points, but then take awful shots at others.  He wasn't seeing the floor here in Philly so why not try to get something decent in the future?

      I'm okay with it from a sixers POV.

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