Lots and lots of interviews over the All-Star break and this time it's John Hollinger, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, who's speaking. He appeared on True Hoop TV with Henry Abbott and talked a little bit about the trade of Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, and Josh Selby to Cleveland for Jon Leuer, and the more recent (and bigger) trade of Rudy Gay for Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, and Ed Davis.
Henry Abbott: "I've read on the internet that you guys are super, unbelievably cheap bastards and that's why you made that trade (Cleveland). Is that a fact? I don't even know if I can say that word."
No, I mean, you know, obviously there was a financial component to it, but I think there were a lot of basketball reasons for what we did as well. And it was just, holistically, looking at the whole big picture of where we were in the standings and what we were looking at financially.
It was kind of a big picture decision that Robert Pera and Jason Levien and the whole front office had to make to go in the direction we did.
Abbott: "And how do you feel about it now?"
We feel pretty good because we won our last three games.
Abbott: "That's all that matters, right? (laughs)"
(laughs) Exactly. No. Seriously, I think we feel pretty good about the direction we're headed. And we'll see how this plays out obviously. We'll see what the next few days bring us although I think it'll be pretty quiet on our end.
Hollinger also said the Grizzlies aren't likely to make anymore moves at the deadline. After Robert Pera stated that Zach Randolph was never going to be traded, this team appears to have exhausted all of its trade options.
With over $10 million worth of trade exceptions, the Grizzlies could participate as a third wheel in a deal. There is a roster spot open after the front office decline to sign guard Chris Johnson for the remainder of the season after two 10-day contract stints. The deadline is next week and with plenty teams looking to make moves, Memphis may sneak and bring in one final player to help bolster the roster for a deep playoff run.