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One of my favorite all-time movies is Casablanca and I particularly like that opening scene where the pick-pocket warns the elderly couple to beware the ‘vultures’ hanging around Casablanca as he stealstheir wallet.

That’s kind of the way I feel aboutthe trade rumors circling the Grizzlies camp these days. There are vultures everywhere looking to steal Rudy Gay or O J Mayo while all the time saying they are trying to protect the Grizzlies from losing Marc Gasol due to his contract demands.

The truth is no one is looking to help out the Grizzlies by taking Gay or Mayo off the team’s hands. They are looking to enrich themselves at the team’s expense.

Not that there is anything wrong with that. If I was a General Manager of an NBA team I would be attempting the exact same thing. Find teams with too much talent at a position, in the Grizzlies case perimeter players, and take the most talented one who appears to be on the outs with the team. Two players on the Grizzlies roster fill the bill as potential targets for a GM to want.

Mayo was benched, fought with a teammate and suspended by the league this past season. Rudy was injured and not able to play during the Grizzlies playoff run. Both players fit the catagory of someone the team may want to move. I am sure many GM’s are making serious and not so serious inquiries into the players availability. Throw on top of that the Grizzlies financial situation in one of the smallest NBA markets and the need to resign Center Marc Gasol and the phones are probably lit up 24/7 with teams’ looking to help out the Grizzlies.

Make no mistake about this. Nothing the Grizzlies will likely be offered will improve the team from its present condition.


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