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Report: Grizzlies trying to trade for guard from Timberwolves

Jul 13, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

Martell Webster, Rick Adelman AP

Memphis could use a backup guard. Minnesota has a lot of them.

And thus, trade talks were born. From the Memphis Commercial Appeal (via Hoopshype).

The Grizzlies have engaged the Minnesota Timberwolves in trade talks in hopes of acquiring one of three guards, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.

Memphis has interest in Wayne Ellington, Wesley Johnson or Martell Webster – each of whom have reportedly been made available. Ellington likely is the Grizzlies’ main target because of his salary. The 6-4 guard will earn a little more than $2 million this season. Johnson will make $4.2 million and Webster’s deal is for $5.7 million.

The bait is likely Dante Cunningham.

Just something to watch for while checking the results of Summer League games.

  1. dysraw1 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    all three are studs i don’t get it

  2. lookitsgreen - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM


  3. humanvue - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Just what we need. Another 6’8″ forward. Let’s keep Ellington. He plays hard every play. Martell has skills but he made the most bone-headed plays this year. And Johnson for the love of god, can not be your starting 2.

    I’m holding out for an Iguadala trade instead of landing Batum. We have no perimeter defense without Rubio out there.

  4. Justin - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    If Memphis gets Wayne Ellington they will be happy campers. The guy is not the most physically gifted but talk about hard worker. He is ready to step in for injuries all the time. I hear he is one of those first guy in the gym last guy out type and prepares for each game like he is getting a ton of minutes even if he finishes with DNP-Coaches Decision. At least that is what all the beat writers in Minnesota say.

  5. meadowlark89 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Ellington is so Underrated, he can shoot the 3, if any of those 3 get traded I hope it will be Wes Johnson he hasn’t shown he can play at a high level in the NBA yet!

  6. awolfgang - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Dante Cunningham possibly heading to Minnesota, drafted by – Portland. Hm…

  7. rooney24 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    If the Wolves keep any of them, I would hope they keep Ellington, both for salary and his play. He isn’t great, but seems to have room to improve. Johnson was worthless last year and Webster has likely already hit his ceiling.

  8. rooney24 - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Reports are that Webster has been cut to create cap room, so they can turn in Batum’s offer sheet to the Blazers.

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