According to reports, the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are discussing a trade centered around Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince, Chase Budinger, and J.J. Barea. What Allen and Prince can bring to the table for the Timberwolves is defense and also playoff/veteran leadership. As for Budinger and Barea, those guys can bring more of a legit offensive attack for the Grizzlies. It’s an interesting trade since both teams are obviously trying to address their weaknesses, but I’m not sure I see it going down. The bottom line is that Tony Allen has been at the heart and soul of the Grizzlies defensive identity for quite a while, and Nick Calathes has actually done a solid job at point guard with Mike Conley being out.
But obviously, the Grizzlies must feel like adding Budinger and Barea balances things out and makes them more of a complete team, which is why this move does make a fair amount of sense. It’ll be interesting to see if this trade ends up going down or if there are any other pieces or players involved. Maybe even a third team. The Grizzlies seem to be in an awkward position where they don’t know if another move such as this will help them or if they are better off sticking with the guys they got. I guess we’ll find out very shortly which side of the coin the Grizzlies ultimately decide to choose since the trade deadline is on Thursday.