When the Grizzlies traded for Ronnie Brewer last year around the trade deadline, they gave up just their 2011 first round selection to the Utah Jazz. At the time it seemed like a good idea, but then Brewer tore his hamstring and was effectively out for the season. Now he's an unrestricted free agent, and Memphis replaced him with Tony Allen.
Looking back it wasn't such a great idea, since today the Jazz moved their 2011 first round pick, the Grizzlies 2011 first round pick, and a trade exception for young stud power forward Al Jefferson. And now a conference rival has improved. Ouch.
Not so fast, though. That Grizzlies pick is guarded rather heavily. Next year it will be protected through the entire lottery, so if the Grizz don't make the playoffs, they still get to draft. In 2012 it is top 12 protected, in 2013 it is top 10 protected, and in 2014 and 2015 it is top 9 protected.
The story is twofold for Grizz fans. First, Kahn is infinitely worse than even Heisley. Second, the T'Wolves will be picking instead of Memphis down the road, but have hardly grabbed a guaranteed star in return for Big Al.