According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s league sources, the Grizzlies are still in serious discussions with Portland about a trade that would send Mike Conley to the Pacific Northwest for forward Travis Outlaw. From the link:
The salaries of Outlaw and Conley would allow for a one-on-one swap, but both teams want to include additional players and contracts to satisfy other needs, including Portlands Sergio Rodriguez and Memphis Hakim Warrick and Javaris Crittenton. It is unlikely that this trade will happen if its a straight-up exchange of Outlaw and Conley.
So what does a potential Conley/Warrick for Outlaw/Rodriguez swap really look like?
Conley (age 21): 25.8 mpg, 6.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 0.9 spg, 1.4 TOpg, .383 FG%, .200 3PT%, .750 FT%
Warrick (age 26): 24.5 mpg, 9.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.3 bpg, .462 FG%, .672 3PT%
Outlaw (age 24): 28.4 mpg, 11.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.6 bpg, .426 FG%, .510 3PT%, .707 FT%
Rodriguez (age 22): 15.0 mpg, 3.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.4 TOpg, .333 FG%, .296 3PT%, 1.000 FT%
This would give the Grizzlies a solid backup at the SF position, which is something they have lacked this year. I’m not sure why Portland would want Hak, given that they have a taller version of him on the roster already in the form of the blogtastic Channing Frye. The swap of Conley and Spanish Chocolate could prove to be a win for both teams, as Conley’s familiarity with Greg Oden and pass-first mentality could be a huge success in Portland with their “Big Three” of Oden, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. Rodriguez is known for his flashy style of play and eye-popping assists, which could prove useful to a team with athletes like Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo and Darrell Arthur. That is, if they ever decide to move without the ball anyways.
This rumor has been around for quite some time, so I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what comes of it, if anything.
Update (6:25 pm): The article has been updated now to include the following – “The talks have been ongoing for weeks, but one source close to the Blazers said Portland GM Kevin Pritchard remains hesitant about completing the deal and that a trade doesnt appear imminent.”
In other words, move along, nothing to see here. Yawn.