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When the Phoenix Suns traded away Jason Richardson, they basically moved into rebuilding mode. Marcin Gortat is a young center, but won't be a starting center for a team that's headed anywhere in the playoffs, and Vince Carter, is, well, you know.
What they basically did is trade away players that could have made the difference in a playoff run, leaving Steve Nash and Grant Hill as the only remaining veterans to a team in rapid decline.
And this makes me feel bad for Steve Nash. After all, he just re-upped, probably the top point guard of the last decade not named Jason Kidd and he's never played in a Finals game.
Will a switch to Memphis change that? Maybe not, but that has more to do with the talent of the league than the talent level on the Grizz.
We've already heard about the fireworks between O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen, and Mayo seems to be the one who escalated things. So he's the one that needs to go.
Mayo's potential ranks somewhere between a rich man's DeShawn Stevenson (2010 Dallas Mavericks edition), who can defend and hit shots from all over, to more of a Jason Richardson type, where he makes plays almost every time he touches the ball.
But with Tony Allen locked in for a few years at a reasonable price, and shooting guard Xavier Henry coming on strong, the Grizzlies have the shooting guard position stocked, and Mayo, with his previous troubles, is expendable.
For Phoenix, Mayo could be a future face of the franchise, and he would benefit from smart players like Jared Dudley and Grant Hill.
Mike Conley can be a long-term solution at PG (though I don't think for the Grizzlies), which is evidenced by his new contract. But players like Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph need more of a facilitator, and someone who can run a half-court offense better than Conley.
Nash would immediately add some octane to that group, and the thought of Rudy Gay and Nash running a fast break with Randolph trailing makes me very happy.
Marc Gasol would easily be the best pure center Steve Nash has ever played with, and a guy with his low-post skills, combined with the rebounding machine in Randolph, would really turn some heads.
I know Memphis isn't exactly a basketball mecca, but it's a fun city with good fans (I know, I've been to a game at Fed Ex Forum), and Steve Nash would immediately make them a team to watch in the West.
We already saw how close they came to the playoffs last year in a loaded west, and with Nash running the offense, there could be big things in store for Memphis.