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Grizzlies trade Vasquez to Hornets for Pondexter

Dec 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT


In a trade that if it winds up affecting the NBA season means something has gone horribly horribly wrong, the Memphis Grizzlies traded guard Greivis Vasquez to the New Orleans Hornets for guard-forward Quincy Pondexter.

Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins has spoken highly of guard Jeremy Pargo backing up it Mike Conley in preseason play, and Pargo seemed to garner more minutes than Vasquez, despite Vasquez’ contributions to the Grizzlies’ playoff run last season. But the acquisition of Pondexter seems to signal another move is on the horizon. At 6-6, Pondexter will struggle to play down low, which is where the Grizzlies have the most glaring need in terms of depth. Furthermore, now at the wings, the Grizzlies have Rudy Gay, Tony Allen, Sam Young, O.J. Mayo, Josh Selby, and Xavier Henry. Something’s got to give, considering how many minutes RG and Allen will play.

For the Hornets, it’s a low-risk move. They just acquired Al-Farouq Aminu and need a backup point guard. Vasquez doesn’t have a very high ceiling or much room for improvement, but he’s serviceable and always ends up surprising people. It’s not a great move, but it’s not a mistake, either.

A thrilling Christmas-Eve blockbuster, it is.

  1. bparmalee - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    I wouldnt be shocked to see Rudy Gay moved. They saw they could play without him and teams like the Nets and Rockets are looking for a scorer. Plus… its not like you can sell a lot of his jerseys in the pro-store.

    • jmclarkent - Dec 24, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      I think that O.J. Mayo is also a pretty good candidate to move. He is young and has upside (which means value), but it seems clear that the Grizz have soured on him.

  2. beagle11 - Dec 25, 2011 at 2:22 AM

    Is a move for Scola in the works?

  3. irvness21 - Dec 25, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Vasquez is going to surprise alot of people. Playing in NO he will get some playing time and prove to be decent pick up. I think NO got the better of this.

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