We have known that this was coming for a while now, but on Friday it became official. Here is a link to the story on the Grizzlies website.
I have read articles and fans comments regarding this move and how crazy they say it is. I am willing to agree with some that we are taking a risk, but the Grizzlies are a franchise that needs to take a gamble or two.
This move finally gives us a legitimate 20-10 player down low. Ever since we traded Pau away, we have not had an inside scoring presence. I believe this move gives us the inside presence that will allow us to better use Mayo and Gay to their abilities. It will be a tough job though for Coach Hollins and Mike Conley to get these 3 players to play together well and to distribute the ball so that each player gets the touches and shots they need.
As a fan of the team, I come into this season with a brighter outlook to the future because of this move. If the gamble doesn't pan out for us, well then next season we will have a big expiring contract that could be a valuable trade piece or else at the end of the 2011 season, we will have a big chunk of cap space available again. If the gamble pays out for us, then this move could push us much closer to competing for a playoff spot.
I believe the glass is half full, now Chris Wallace, please finish filling it up.