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In what can only be described as a Christmas surprise, Greivis Vasquez was traded on Christmas Eve for Small Forward Quincy Pondexter.

The trade has not been confirmed with the Grizzlies front office but a New Orleans website, NOLA.com,  has run the story.

Pondexter was an All-American at the University of Washington where he is the career leader in games played (136) and 3rd all-time in scoring. He was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder (26th) in the 2010 NBA draft. OKC traded him to New Orleans along with Craig Brackens for the draft rights to Cole Aldrich and veteran Morris Peterson. Pondexter struggled to find playing time last season and was expected to not get much more this season with returning starter Trevor Ariza and newly acquired Al Farouq Aminu. In two games against the Grizzlies this pre-season Pondexter averaged 13.0 PPG anbd 8.5 RPG in 33 minutes per game.

Vasquez was expected to compete with Jeremy Pargo for back up minutes at the PG behind starter Mike Conley. Pargo had looked better in the pre-season and Vasquez was not expected to see significant time this season barring injury. With Josh Selby capable of playing PG as well Vasquez became expendable.

Vasquez will always be remembered in Memphis for his playoff performances last season. Coming off the bench in Game 6 of the San Antonio Spurs first round series last season after Mike Conley picked up two fouls in the first two minutes of the game, Vasquez immediately made an impact scoring on a runner in the lane. He finished the quarter with 10 points and that helped the Grizzlies hold onto the early lead. Vasquez also hit a Hail Mary three point shot at the end of the first overtime in Game 4 against Oklahoma City in the 2nd round after both Conley and O J Mayo had fouled out of the game.

Vasquez was a surprise first round pick by the Grizzlies in the 2010 NBA draft. Known as a fiery leader at the University of Maryland, Vasquez showed no fear in taking big shots but his lack of foot speed made it highly unlikely that he would ever be more than a backup with the Grizzlies.

In other news, Dante Cunningham officially became a member of the Memphis Grizzlies as Charlotte failed to match the offer sheet the Grizzlies presented to him. Brian Skinner and Josh Davis also have been named to the opening day roster but neither player has a guaranteed contract and could be released later without penalty by the Grizzlies.

 

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9 Responses to Vasquez Out, Pondexter In

  1. HAYNIENo Gravatar says:

    Can some of you guys that are “in the know” with the Grizz front office PLEASE explain this? We traded a guy that had at least proven he could hold his own in spot minutes at the most important position on the court for a guy that most likely won’t see any action at all. Are we to assume the Grizz believe that Xavier is not ever going to get healthy by this move?

    • Chip CrainNo Gravatar says:

      I don’t believe that Vasquez was going to be the back up PG so getting value makes some sense. The problem is I don’t feel Quincy can beat out Sam young this season either. Next summer Sam Young is a restricted free agent and with Quincy already here it makes it less likely he will be resigned.

      I don’t know if that is the team’s thought process but it does sound logical for a team up against the luxury tax.

  2. ParkerNo Gravatar says:

    The point guard we signed this year is JEREMY Pargo from Gonzaga. Not Janero. Also, I believe this trade could be a transition move to aquire another big man in a trade. At least I’m hoping so..

  3. presidentjoeNo Gravatar says:

    Quincy is definitely an upgrade to Vasquez. X is a shooting guard so they may still use him. However, this move makes Sam redundant. Cya Sam.

  4. GrizzdocNo Gravatar says:

    I am not down with this move at all. It’s not just about footspeed or talent. Vasquez had the true grit, grind, and determination that was the key to our success last season. He stepped up when it mattered the most. I have never seen Poindexter play, but he has some big shoes to fill. We can never forget the character of this team, which was the foundation for last year’s postseason success. With Arthur out and Vasquez gone, we just lost a big part of that.

  5. presidentjoeNo Gravatar says:

    Saw Quincy play with Washington and he is much better than Vasquez or Sam Young. This makes the second unit much more talented.

  6. KosackNo Gravatar says:

    Although a tad slow of foot, Vasquez was a very efficient point guard. The offense always flowed smoothly and easy buckets were scored when he was in at point. I hate that he was traded, but see poindexter as the Grizzlies ultimate solution to moving Mayo. Poindexter is a SG/SF and can cover back up minutes for Rudy and Allen making it easier to move Mayo to get a back up Center.

  7. JusticeNo Gravatar says:

    Quincy Poindexter is a better shooter than Sam Young and possess a much higher basketball IQ. Sam is stronger and more athletic. Personally, I’m not a Sam Young fan because he can’t shoot. Poindexter is good with his feet set out to the three point line and at 6’7 he can guard 2′s and 3′s. Based on Poindexter’s production it remains to be seen whether he will improve upon an abysmal rookie season. However, I like the move because it adds versatility to our team. With Pargo and Selby in the mix with the second unit the Grizzlies have become a more athletic and balanced team off of the bench.

  8. KD LegendNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t like the trade at all. All the Grizzlies have been interested in the past few years is getting more athleticism. We need players like Greivis. Vasquez was a “gamer” as he showed it in the postseason.

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