NBA Offseason Buzz: Memphis Grizzlies
Acquisition of a "toxic" asset could actually help troubled Grizzlies
What a fascinating experiment underway in Elvisland, where GM Chris Wallace seems to be channeling his inner Whitsitt. That would be as in Bob, architect of the Jail Blazers. For all the cracks about the Grizzlies and their minuscule crowds and threadbare budget, they seemed to be tilting in the right direction with a young nucleus of Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, Marc Gasol, Darrell Arthur and No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet. Then they dealt for the equally talented and troubled Zach Randolph and made an offer to the currently radioactive Allen Iverson. All that might lift them from second-to-last in scoring without moving them an inch in the standings.
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2009 NBA OFFSEASON BUZZ
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