Both ESPN and The Commerical Appeal’s Ron Tillery are reporting that the Grizzlies have agreed to a trade that would send Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi to Toronto, bringing back Ed Davis and a second round pick. The Grizzlies would also acquire Jose Calderon from Toronto, then ship him to a third team to acquire a small forward — either Tayshaun Prince or Corey Maggette from Detroit, or Vince Carter from Dallas.
Immediate reax: OUCH. Yeah, I get it . . . save money, flexibility, yadda, yadda. Still, I’d like to have seen this team hit its stride in the spring and storm into the playoffs. But . . . I’m also excited about a Tayshaun Prince or Vince Carter coming to Memphis. Yeah they’re older, but they play a different style than Rudy and could improve outside shooting. I know next to nothing about Ed Davis. And also gone is fan favorite Hamed Haddadi. I have to believe that Hollinger has looked at advanced stats that show what incoming veteran small forwards would bring to the table. But still . . .
Stay tuned . . . More coming . . .
UPDATE: 5:10 PM: Tillery & ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeting that Memphis will get Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye & a second round pick.
REAX: If that’s true, the Grizz have gotten quite a haul for Rudy and Haddadi. On paper, the Grizzlies have reloaded quite nicely on the fly, adding young talent, a draft pick and championship experience to the roster.
UPDATE: 5:30 PM: Meet the new guys. Click the links to see stats for incoming players on the Rudy Gay trade.
Ed Davis is horrible from the free throw line, but should help on the boards. My hunch is that he’ll mostly be on the bench, behind Zach, Darrell, & Daye.
Looks like Daye will help replace some of what the team lost in shipping out Mo Speights and now Haddadi. Of particular note: He’s drastically improved his 3 point shooting this season, at 52.5 percent. If that holds true, he gives the Grizz not just 3 pt shooting, but also a “stretch four” type player, which is not something the team has really had under Lionel Hollins.
On paper, nothing really jumps out at you about Tayshaun Prince. He is a solid defender, good for about 12 points a game. But ooohhh . . . there’s all that playoff experience, including four straight trips to the Eastern Conference Finals and a title run in 2004 over the star studded Lakers. I’m sure this Grizz squad will remind him of that hard working, blue collar, underdog team and he knows a thing or two about deep playoff runs (though not recently).
UPDATE: 5:40 p.m.: Grizzlies Players Tweets: