The Memphis Grizzlies have added weight to the reports from a couple of weeks ago that stated they were looking to add a small forward to the roster. They also reinforced the perceived idea that "adding a SF" actually means "getting Tayshaun Prince off the roster."
Y! Sources: Minnesota, Memphis discussing trade package centered on Chase Budinger and Tayshaun Prince. http://t.co/hqSLMWFNJQ— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 18, 2014
Woj goes on in the article to divulge that the package could include Tony Allen and J.J. Barea as well, but these are fluid discussions that could evolve into something completely different than what we're observing at the moment.
Keep in mind that Tony Allen's presence in this rumor is most likely from Minnesota requesting the two-time All NBA Defensive 1st Team member as compensation for taking on Prince and the multimillions left on his deal. Hardcore Grizzlies fans should repeat the previous sentence to themselves at least 3 times an hour.
**Another team's interest in one of our players doesn't not equate to the Grizzlies' front office devaluing members of the roster.** And I'm not so sure that the inclusion of Barea doesn't stem from Minnesota reading month-old articles about Mike Conley's ankle injury and the struggles of Nick Calathes. Fluid, people. Remember it's all fluid.
It does, however, seem that the Grizzlies don't feel great about their playoff chances with Tayshaun Prince as their starting small forward. It should be interesting to watch as Jason Levien, Grizzlies CEO, attempts to unload the coveted veteran he "scored" in the Rudy Gay trade just a season ago.
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