Grizzlies acquire Mario Chalmers from Heat
The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a trade with the Miami Heat for Mario Chalmers. The deal will send Beno Udrih, and Jarnell Stokes to the Miami Heat. The Grizzlies also acquire forward James Ennis in the deal.
The Grizzlies have been looking to acquire Chalmers for the past week, wanting to add scoring in the backcourt. Chalmers now gives them the backup point guard that can come in and provide 20 points on any given night. He is also versatile enough to play alongside Conley at the two position. This addition will also allow the Grizzlies to have more bench minutes without scoring becoming stagnant.
The Grizzlies are 3-5 heading into Wednesday night’s rematch with Golden State. The Grizzlies lost by 50 last Monday night in Oakland. In the five Grizzlies losses so far this year, they are averaging 82 points per game. In their three wins, they are averaging 105 points per game. This gap has to close and Memphis quickly realized that.
I am 100% behind the Grizzlies making early season moves to improve the team. I am thrilled we have a management team willing to make necessary moves when things go south. I’m just not sure about this guy.
You see, Memphis fans are somewhat already familiar with Mario Chalmers…
It’s going to be hard for Memphis fans to get behind Mario Chalmers. They have a built-in reason to get on his case. If he doesn’t play well, he is going to be boo’d out-of-town. In all honesty, he can’t be thrilled about leaving Miami for Memphis either. So this is a somewhat bizarre and risky move by Chris Wallace and Robert Pera.
I actually understand the move and don’t have a huge problem with it. This is a $750 million dollar business. They have no concern over what a kid did in college almost 8 years ago. Again, I understand and appreciate that. It’s smart business. But were there NO other options you were looking at?
The Memphis Grizzlies fans will exercise their right to keep Mario on a short leash. I’m not sure I can remember an instance of a player being traded to a team with a more built-in reason to not like him before his plane even lands. I will moderately fall into that category. He is going to have to shoot a high percentage to keep Memphis’ regards. I myself will question the trade if he doesn’t. But as soon as he hits his first game winning shot wearing a Memphis Grizzlies jersey, I myself will forgive.
Brandon Reid covers the NBA and Memphis Grizzlies for MyFantasySportsTalk.com, you can follow him on Twitter @New_Breid
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