OK, raise your hand if you, like me, thought last week's "Marreese Speights for nothing in particular" trade - which took Memphis out of luxury-tax land - meant the Grizzlies would keep their core together for the rest of this season. It's easy to understand where you might have gotten that impression. Team management suggested as much after all.
Things didn't work out that way though. The Grizzlies have agreed to send swingman Rudy Gay and backup center Hamed Haddadi to the Raptors in exchange for point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis. Calderon is headed to Detroit in a second deal, in exchange for Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.
It's more than a little bit surprising to see a team as good as the Grizzlies - just a couple games out of the third playoff seed in the West - shake things up so aggressively at midseason. New owner Michael Pera's company has been going through a particularly rough patch on Wall Street, which may be a big reason for the sell-o You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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