Before the Hawks started the season 6-0, Mike Bibby was firmly on the trading block. But since their hot start – and Bibby’s solid play – Atlanta hasn’t been looking to usher him out the door.
Thus the Grizzlies, who are still trying to do something with their lopsided roster, are stepping out of talks with the Hawks and into a conversation with the Blazers. Instead of centering the deal around another point guard, Memphis would principally exchange Mike Conley for Travis Outlaw, with Sergio Rodriguez and Hakim Warrick being the peripheral pieces. There’s a chance that Javaris Crittenton could even be a part of this deal.
“Portland has long coveted Conley, in large part because of his childhood friendship with center Greg Oden,” writes Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. “Conley and Oden grew up together in Indianapolis, playing together through a Final Four season at Ohio State. Pritchard knows that Conley has the credibility to get in Oden’s face when he needs a push, and that’s played an important part in his trade explorations.”
If you were Kevin Pritchard, would your main consideration in exploring trades be how that player fits in with Greg Oden? I would think that Pritchard would include Oden as part of his nucleus, but Brandon Roy should be the main consideration.
Source: Yahoo! Sports