Memo to Memphis: Yes, it is devastating that you broke up your “Core Four.” Your mass misery gave us a Tweet of the Day from Mike Conley and Tony Allen.
But guess what?
You won the trade. You just got Tayshaun Prince, who might be the missing ingredient to make y’all a legit championship contender. You also get Ed Davis, who basically replaces tax dump victim Marreese Speights, who was valuable from a depth standpoint.
Oddly, this is sort of like getting Chauncey Billups in exchange for Allen Iverson. Remember how that worked out for the Pistons? It’ll be the opposite for the Grizzlies.
I like Rudy Gay. But when the guy who is leading your team in scoring is shooting a shade above 40 percent, you have a problem.
When you are clearly fourth best in the West and a long way from cracking the top 3, you have a problem.
When you can’t shoot 3s, you have a problem. Prince is shooting .434 this season on 3s, a career-high. Gay was shooting 31 percent on 3s.
Ever hear the axiom about how you need veterans to win?
You starting to hear me here?
Plus, Grizzlies fans, you already had another problem:
You had no one on the roster aside from defender extraordinaire Tony Allen who had gotten out of the second round of the playoffs, much less played in the NBA Finals.
Prince has 118 games of playoff experience and owns a championship ring. Nobody other than Allen (56 with Celtics, 20 with Memphis) has more than 28.
No Grizz has been to the conference finals with the Grizzlies. Prince went to the conference finals six times from 2003-08.
Bottom line. …
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