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UPDATE: Grizzlies, 76ers, Hornets agree to Speights trade

Jan 4, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

Marreese Speights Getty Images

UPDATE 1:52 pm: This trade became official, according to the Commercial Appeal.

And as we feared, it’s because the Zach Randolph injury was more serious than first thought.

UPDATE 11:17 am: This has grown into a three-team trade involving the New Orleans Hornets that is “on course” to come to fruition Wednesday, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Here is his tweet breaking it down.

Trade, on course to be completed Wednesday, would send Speights to Grizz, Xavier Henry to Hornets and furnish Philly with two future picks

I like that for the Hornets, getting Henry who has potential. Picks for the rebuilding Sixers is good (how good depends on the picks). Memphis gets its big man, and I still wonder if they need him more now than they did 48 hours ago.

10:27 am: The Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers have had on-and-off again talks about Marresse Speights for months, but those talks got serious again on Tuesday, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Which makes me wonder if Zach Randolph’s injury is more serious than the Grizzlies have let on.

Memphis has looked at the athletic but raw Speights as a potential backup for Marc Gasol pretty much since the lockout ended, but it’s been on-and-off more than a television sitcom romance. Apparently it is back on.

Which only makes me wonder if the Grizzlies now really think they need that depth up front. Randolph’s knee injury looked bad when teammate O.J. Mayo fell into it, but team doctors described it as just a bruised ligament.

But Randolph had an MRI on Tuesday and the team did not release the results, reports the Commercial Appeal. That raises eyebrows. It may be nothing, but it’s just a couple things together at once that make me wonder if something bigger is not at play here.

  1. memphismiracle - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    The Grizzlies have been in need of another big body since Darell Arthur went down. I hope this particular rumor involving Philadelphia is more about that than about Z-Bo.

  2. mojosmagic - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Didn’t he write Philly gets the picks?

    • b7p19 - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Classic Helin. Pretty sure he meant to write Sixers.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        Yes, my bad and fixed.

    • beagle11 - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      If not, what does Phiilly get?

      • b7p19 - Jan 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        Assuming they get the two future picks, I’d also like to know what round and from whom. I’m guessing that the Hornets will not be giving up their first round pick unless it is lottery protected for at least 3 years. Memphis could be an unprotected 1st since they’ll be in the mid 20’s.

  3. willardj - Jan 4, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Speights is a good offensive player. His jump shot is pretty consistent for a big man. I remember he had a 27-10 game in the opener of 2009. Unfortunately he doesn’t get a lot of minutes with Collins because of his poor defense. It made no sense for us to keep him because he is a talent and literally doesn’t play at all.

  4. somekat - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Speights has an average offensive game overall, above average jump shot for a big. However, he play no defense, is soft on the boards, and generally gets bullied by anyone 20 lbs lighter and up

    As a sixers fan, I can honestly say I don’t mind them giving him away at all (that is what they did, 2nd round picks, even 2 of them, have 0 value in the NBA). He deservingly, was not going to get minutes in Philly, so give the kid a chance somewhere else.

    • b7p19 - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Yeah, generally 2nd round picks are useless, but not always. Lou Williams was a second round pick.

  5. csndrew - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Marreese Speights is one of the underrated ball hogs in the NBA, particularly among big men. He makes Jamal Crawford look like John Stockton.

  6. lakerluver - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    You mean to tell me the Comish didn’t veto this trade?

    • b7p19 - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Definetely surprising. Big market teams like the Grizzlies and Hornets should not be stealing players from small market teams like the Sixers.

  7. mojosmagic - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    If a great coach like Doug Collins couldn’t get anything out of Speights nobody will. Maybe some offensive moments but Speights doesn’t get it.

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