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NBA AM: Grizzlies Rolling Past Trade Rumors
Posted By Yannis Koutroupis On January 25, 2013 @ 11:50 am In All,NBA | No Comments
With rumors abound that some major shakeups could be on the horizon for the Memphis Grizzlies, the team has found a way to bind together and keep getting the job done. They’re 27-14 overall, good for fourth place in the Western Conference, and winners of three of their last four. Their lone loss during that stretch was by a single point to the Indiana Pacers. Rudy Gay nearly won that game for them as well, but ultimately his buzzer-beater was just a second too late.
HOOPSWORLD recently caught up with Gay to talk about how the team has thrived despite the rumors and to get an idea of how good they actually can be.
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Celtics Want Redick: According to ESPN’s Marc Stein the Boston Celtics are set to ramp up their efforts for Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick as we get closer to the Feb. 21 trade deadline. Stein reports that acquiring size is the Celtics’ top priority, but that they also want to see if they can make a run at Redick.
Redick is playing the best basketball of his career. He’s playing so well that he’s potentially earned a spot in the Magic’s future, which he did not have prior to this season. The thought was that Redick would play out the year, and if he wasn’t traded, he’d almost certainly end up somewhere else as a free agent.
However, his strong play this year and superb attitude has really gone a long way in the minds of the Magic’s new ownership. But, they are still building towards the future and right now Redick is one of their most attractive assets.
The Boston Celtics do not have any expiring contracts and would likely dangle former Magic guard rookie Courtney Lee, who has had his struggles with his team, as the main trade bait along with their first round pick. They also have rookie Fab Melo, who may intrigue Orlando as a good addition to their young core, to potentially include in a deal.
With the Feb. 21 deadline fast approaching, Redick is another name to keep a close eye on because he is certainly in demand.
Martin Loving OKC: Much to the surprise of nobody at all, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Martin is loving life right now. Before being traded to the Thunder this preseason, Martin had never played for a playoff team. He was putting up big numbers for lottery teams, but that wasn’t enough for Martin. He’s a competitor who wanted to win, which he is doing with regularity now that he is a part of the reigning Western Conference Champions and first place Thunder. Martin will be a free agent at the end of the season, but may have found his new home in OKC.
“This summer, hopefully everything works out here,” Martin told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. “I haven’t said that too often. But I will put it out there; hopefully I have found a home in the NBA. I love playing with this group of guys. The organization is great to me. The community has been great to me. It’s the happiest I have been during my NBA career.
“I’m enjoying life now. In Houston and Sacramento, I probably didn’t get out too much. It’s fun just interacting with [Oklahomans]. It’s such a community feel. That’s what I love about the whole situation. The city itself, I feel like an Ohio boy here so I feel at home. Oklahoma City just reminds me of Ohio.
“I knew what type of situation I was going into and that it was a perfect time for my career to be on a contending team in the middle of my prime.”
It’s not one-sided love that Martin has for the Thunder either, they are just as happy to have him as he is to be there.
“We will handle anything contractual at the appropriate time when the season is concluded,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. “We certainly are pleased with [Martin] and excited about how he has fit in and how hard he has worked to fit in.”
At 33-10 the Thunder are doing just fine with Martin in place of James Harden, who just earned his first All-Star nod with the Houston Rockets. However, whether or not he remains with the team past this season will likely be determined by postseason success.
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