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Old 02-12-2013, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Grizzlies owner Robert Pera says the team's recent moves, including the trade of leading scorer Rudy Gay, have Memphis set up for a good run in the playoffs.

He also wants to make it clear he's not looking to make a profit off his NBA team.

On Tuesday, Pera held his first news conference in Memphis since his introduction as the team's chairman before the home opener in November, addressing topics ranging from finances to the team's roster.

''With the latest trades, the personnel moves, how the team is constructed, I think it has the potential to be the best Grizzlies team yet,'' Pera said. ''I really like how the pieces now fit kind of the traditional inside-out game. I think if they gel, then hopefully this could be the best playoff run yet.''

The Gay trade has been criticized by many who saw it as a cost-cutting measure and an example of new ownership trying to cut financial corners.
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''Rudy's talent, his potential, really couldn't be maximized in our system. I think it was good for him, and I think it was good for the team. The pieces we got back are much stronger.''
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I've said that many times, and some others here as well. Though I don't necessarily agree with Pera's logic I'm certainly not going to complain

Personally, I would have kept Gay/Gasol/Conely and traded Z-Bo for a stretch 4.
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ZBo and Gasol are what makes Memphis special.
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ZBo and Gasol are what makes Memphis special.
And stuck.
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And stuck.
swapping Gay for ZBo wouldn't necessarily made them any better. They should have tried to get a better piece than Ed Davis for Gay, now that would have made them better.
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swapping Gay for ZBo wouldn't necessarily made them any better. They should have tried to get a better piece than Ed Davis for Gay, now that would have made them better.
a bunch of 3 point shooters? Maybe. I just feel Zbo is a liability. Conely,Allen,Gay,Smith,Gasol would be a better line, or Conely,Allen,Gay,Ilyasova,Gasol. Just my thinking - I don't think they will go too far with ZBo and Gasol. A stretch 4 to open the floor for Gay would have been better to me. I'm crossing my fingers that that logic will apply to Bargs and Gay here.
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so... whos their closer and wing player thats gonna dominate?
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so... whos their closer and wing player thats gonna dominate?
Put Ed Davis at SF ??
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