Around the NBA, some team officials are privately wondering: After listening to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich disparage them over Pau Gasol’s trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, would the Memphis Grizzlies be hesitant on making a deal with the Spurs?
After all, veteran shooter Roger Mason is available in San Antonio and Memphis needs some scoring off its bench. Yes, sources say, the Grizzlies do have an interest with Mason and have the cap space to absorb much of his $3.7 million salary. But a league source says Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace still needs the OK from owner Michael Heisley to take on the contract.
While there are players on the Grizzlies roster that make around the same that Mason makes like Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol, Memphis would be crazy to give either up in return for Mason. Although, Chris Wallace is the GM.
Journeyman center Steven Hunter might be a more realistic trade acquisition, especially because he has an expiring contract. But for Mason, I’d want at least Darrell Arthur or Sam Young, but Memphis would have to give up a lot or take on a lot more salary to make that happen.
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