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The Memphis Grizzlies acquire Fab Melo from the Celtics

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 15 August 2013 at 6:25 pm

The Grizzlies have acquired 23-year old center Fab Melo from the Boston Celtics for 25-year old forward Donte Greene.  Melo was a first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  He played in 6 games (0 starts) for the Celtics last year and he averaged 6.0 minutes, 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds per game.  But, he also played in 33 games (31 starts) for the Maine Red Claws of the D-League and he averaged 26.2 minutes, 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 3.1 blocked shots per game.  Greene signed late in the 2012-13 season with the Grizzlies, but he never got into any games for them.  This was a good flier to take, as some big guys develop later on in their careers.

UPDATE:  (8/31/2013) – The Grizzlies have waived Fab Melo.

The Memphis Grizzlies acquire Nick Calathes from the Mavericks

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 22 July 2013 at 10:00 pm

The Grizzlies have acquired 24-year old point guard Nick Calathes from the Mavericks for a 2nd round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.  Calathes was the #45 overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Timberwolves.  Calathes played in 61 games in Europe last year and he averaged 30.6 minutes, 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  Calathes is planning on coming stateside to play for the Grizzlies in 2013-14.  I like this deal for the Grizzlies as Calathes has some talent.

The Memphis Grizzlies acquire Kosta Koufos from the Nuggets

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 1:39 am

The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired 24-year old center Kosta Koufos from the Denver Nuggets for 25-year old power forward Darrell Arthur and the #55 overall pick (Joffrey Lauvergne) in last night’s NBA Draft.  Koufos played in 81 games (all starts) for the Nuggets last year and he averaged 22.4 minutes, 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.  Koufos has now played in 263 games (114 starts) in his first five years in the NBA and he is averaging 14.4 minutes, 5.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  He will definitely improve the play at the pivot for the Grizzlies in 2013-14, when Marc Gasol need a break.  The Grizzlies didn’t have a legit backup center in 2012-13.  Darrell Arthur played in 59 games (3 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 16.4 minutes, 6.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Arthur played in 247 games (77 starts) in his four years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 18.2 minutes, 6.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  I really like this deal for the Grizzlies as Koufos is a better player than Arthur is….plain and simple.

The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired center Dexter Pittman from the Heat

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 21 February 2013 at 7:16 pm

The Grizzlies have acquired 24-year old center Dexter Pittman and a second round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.  The Grizzlies gave up the draft rights to 25-year old shooting guard Ricky Sanchez (currently playing in Argentina) and a trade exception.  Pittman played in 4 games (0 starts) for the Heat this year and he averaged 3.0 minutes, 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.  He has now played in 41 games (6 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 7.9 minutes, 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  This was a good move for the Grizzlies as they essentially got Pittman for next to nothing.

The Memphis Grizzlies shockingly deal Rudy Gay to the Raptors

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 31 January 2013 at 4:55 am

Despite having the fourth best record in the Western Conference with a 29-15 record, the Grizzlies still traded 26-year old small forward Rudy Gay and 27-year old center Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors as part of a three team deal also involving the Detroit Pistons.  The Grizzlies got 32-year old small forward Tayshaun Prince and 24-year old small forward Austin Daye from the Pistons and they also got 23-year old power forward Ed Davis and a 2nd round pick from the Toronto Raptors.  The Raptors also sent point guard Jose Calderon to complete this deal.

Prince will replace Rudy Gay in the starting lineup at small forward.  Prince played in 45 games (all starts) for the Pistons this year and he averaged 32.4 minutes, 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.  Prince shot 44.4% from the floor, 43.4% from the three point line and 79.6% from the free throw line for the Pistons…..so he has been shooting better than Rudy Gay.  Prince has now played in 769 games (730 starts) in his first 11 years in the NBA and he is averaging 33.3 minutes, 12.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.  Daye will have the same role he had in Detroit…backing up Prince at small forward.  Daye played in 24 games (0 starts) for the Pistons this year and he averaged 14.5 minutes, 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Daye is shooting 44.3% from the floor, an amazing 52.5% from three point range and 83.3% from the free throw line so far this year….which is impressive.  Davis will probably turn out to be the best player the Grizzlies got in this deal down the road.  Davis played in 45 games (24 starts) for the Raptors this year and he averaged 24.2 minutes, 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  Davis is shooting 54.9% from the floor but only 64.7% from the free throw line so far this year.  Davis has now played in 176 games (50 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 24.0 minutes, 7.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Davis has a nice upside.

Rudy Gay played in 42 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 36.7 minutes, 17.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  But, he was only shooting 40.8% from the floor, 31% from the three point line and 77.6% from the free throw line so far this year.  Gay played in 479 games (443 starts) in his seven years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 36.2 minutes, 17.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Rudy Gay made his mark with the Grizzlies as he is all over the record books.  Gay is the all-time leader for the Raptors in both games played (479) and steals (640).  He is also #3 in three pointers made (488), #9 in offensive rebounds (725), #3 in defensive rebounds (2,033), #3 in total rebounds (2,758), #8 in assists (954), #5 in blocked shots (420) and #2 in points scored (8,562) in Grizzlies’ history.  Hamed Haddadi played in 13 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 6.7 minutes, 1.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Haddadi played in 134 games (0 starts) in his five years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 6.1 minutes, 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Haddadi is no loss for the Grizzlies.

This deal wreaks of a salary dump.  But, it might work out in the long run as Davis and Daye have nice upsides.  Prince is a battle tested veteran who could help the Grizzlies in the playoffs.

The Memphis Grizzlies make a big deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by admin on Thursday 24 January 2013 at 12:36 am

The Grizzlies got looted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but making this deal will allow them to keep the core of their team together in 2012-13.  The Grizzlies have acquired 23-year old power forward Jon Leuer from the Cavaliers.  He played in 9 games (0 starts) for the Cavs earlier this year and he averaged 10.1 minutes, 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  He has now played in 55 games (12 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 11.7 minutes, 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  To get Leuer, the Grizzlies dealt 25-year old PF/C Marreese Speights, 25-year old shooting guard Wayne Ellington, 21-year old shooting guard Josh Selby and a first round pick in 2015 (it is top five protected and it is also protected from pick 15-30).  In 2016, the pick has the same conditions as 2015.  In 2017 and 2018, the draft pick is only top five protected.  If it gets all the way to 2019, the draft pick is unprotected.  Speights will be the biggest loss in this deal for the Grizzlies.  He played in 40 games (2 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 14.5 minutes, 6.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  In his two years with the Grizzlies, Speights averaged 19.2 minutes, 7.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  Ellington played in 40 games (4 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 16.9 minutes, 5.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Selby played in 10 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 5.9 minutes, 2.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Selby played in 38 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 7.8 minutes, 2.2 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game on 33% shooting from the floor.  The Grizzlies gave up a lot of their bench to keep the starting unit together as Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph’s names were coming up quite a bit in trade rumors.