Memphis Set To Acquire Speights In Three-Way Trade
Talented big man Marreese Speights was in the doghouse in Philadelphia, and he will now add depth for the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, that would be completed some time today. Memphis would acquire Speights from the Sixers and send young wing Xavier Henry to New Orleans. The Sixers would get two second-round draft picks, likely one each from the Hornets and Grizzlies.
Memphis was forced to deal for Speights in part because of an injury to breakout big man Zach Randolph that was more severe than was originally anticipated. Randolph will miss up to eight weeks with a knee ligament tear suffered during their blowout loss against Chicago earlier in the week, according to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Speights, 24, played 64 games last year (63 coming off the bench) and averaged over five points and three rebounds for Philadelphia in 2010-2011. The 6’10 Florida alum still has a ton of potential and would be a solid backup to Marc Gasol and provide for a capable replacement for the injured Randolph.
Henry, the 6’6 Kansas alum, is only 20 in his second season and is a versatile slasher who would add a nice young piece to a rebuilding Hornets club. He played just 38 games in his rookie season, but could flourish with more playing time. Philadelphia would get two picks for a player they had no interest in playing. So there are benefits for all three teams involved.