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June 27, 2008

It’s 3 AM…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Peter Edmiston @ 3:14 am

And I just got home from one of the craziest nights in Grizzlies history.  The massive 8 player trade that sent O.J. Mayo to Memphis wasn’t officially consummated until roughly 1:30 am, meaning that Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace wasn’t available to talk about the deal until (and I checked my watch) 1:48 am.  There can’t have been a later press conference in Memphis sports history (note to self: ask George about this later).  And Wallace was rightfully a bit giddy about the whole thing.  But how did we get to this point?

Wallace said that the T-Wolves and the Grizzlies had been informally discussing things here and there beginning last Saturday at Mayo’s workout in Chicago.At that time, he couldn’t imagine anything would happen with Minnesota.  But things change, and situations can dictate actions.  Such was the case with this trade.  After the Grizzlies acquired the rights to Kansas PF Darrell Arthur, it gave them a degree of flexibility to go out and make a trade involving Kevin Love, the player whom they had originally drafted at 5.

After discussions involving Kevin McHale, Chris Wallace, Michael Heisley, and many others, this was the deal completed only hours ago:

O.J. Mayo, Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric, and Antoine Walker for Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Jason Collins, and Brian Cardinal.

I’ve criticized the Grizzlies and Chris Wallace in the past for either passivity or stupidity in making moves, but this is simply amazing.  I would have never imagined the Grizzlies would have a chance to grab a potentially franchise-changing player like Mayo without giving up a serious part of their core, and yet they did exactly that.  Now, you’ve got Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, and Rudy Gay as a young, athletic backcourt that can grow together in Memphis.  And you manage to throw in Darrell Arthur, a player who no one expected would last past the 18th spot?  The Grizzlies NEVER do things like this…totally unexpected, out of the blue, shrewd trades on draft night are reserved for other teams…not the Griz.  But tonight was different.  Just like it’s sure as hell different to be writing this blog entry at 3 am.

What a night.  Er…morning.

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