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I Can’t Wait For A Thunder-Grizzlies Rematch

May 13, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) guard Reggie Jackson (15) and forward Kevin Durant (35) walk off the court after game four of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis defeated Oklahoma 103-97 in overtime and lead the series 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

We've seen this movie before, the one in which David meets Goliath, Rocky Balboa fights Apollo Creed, William Wallace offers the bloods of thousands of Scots in return for a small taste of freedom. It's the one where the underdog, shorthanded for some reason, fights tooth and nail for a shot at something greater than they could've ever imagined.

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Warriors Win Ninth Straight: Thoughts on the NBA For 1/6/14

Another night, another win for the Golden State Warriors. This time they didn't leave it until the buzzer like they did agains the Atlanta Hawks. Last night was a just a good solid win. And with Milwaukee,

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BREAKING: Celtics Trade for Grizzlies’ Bayless

Nov 4, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guards Mike Conley (11) Jerryd Bayless (7) and center Marc Gasol (33) during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis defeated Boston 95-88. Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Reports are emerging that the Boston Celtics have agreed on a trade to acquire Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless in exchange for Courtney Lee.

 

 

Due to the trade exceptions on both sides, the contracts were able to work in a straight up swap. The rebuilding Celtics were looking to deal Lee and his two-year, $11 million contract. Bayless’s contract expires at the end of the season and is just for $3.1 million, allowing Boston to clear up cap space at the end of the season.

Bayless has been struggling in his second season with the Grizzlies. The 25-year-old is averaging 8 points on 37.1 percent, while dishing out 2 assists and grabbing down 1.9 rebounds per contest – all numbers down from last year.

Memphis, however, did receive an improved three-point threat.

Lee is averaging 7.4 points through 30 games this season, shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from beyond the arc. He is expected to be pulled prior to Boston’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

The trade makes sense for both teams – though the Celtics take a small step back for the remainder of this season, it will certainly help them out long term while the playoff hopeful Grizzlies get an improved guard off the bench.

 

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