Memphis Grizzlies Land Shane Battier; O.J. Mayo Deal with Pacers Falls Through

Stephen PattersonCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2011

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UPDATED (5:30 P.M.): Mark Bartelstein has said his client DeMarre Carroll will be headed to the Houston Rockets as a part of the Hasheem Thabeet-Shane Battier trade.

The Memphis Grizzlies landed Shane Battier from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Hasheem Thabeet and a first-round draft pick.

The deal lands Memphis a solid veteran for the playoff push and finally ended the Thabeet error.

In a separate trade that almost went through at the deadline, the Grizzlies almost shipped O.J. Mayo to the Indiana Pacers in return for Josh McRoberts and a first-round draft pick.

There have been reports that say the deal didn't get finished for the 3 p.m. league deadline. However, there are also reports that say owner Michael Heisley got cold feet on the deal at the last minute.

Michael Heisley has since blamed the Pacers for the deal not getting done before the deadline.

Even though the Pacers deal fell through, I still think the Grizzlies are big winners at the deadline and have certainly improved their odds of making a return to the postseason.

Thabeet obviously hasn't been improving at a fast enough rate to be of real value for the Grizzlies this season, and they finally decided to move him and improve the team.

While the Grizzlies had to surrender a first-round pick in the deal to re-acquire Battier, I think they will be happy with the return if they make a trip to the playoffs this season.

By keeping Mayo, Memphis also has a much deeper backcourt moving forward and didn't lose any of their scoring threats.

In other big news that hasn't really been mentioned, the Grizzlies didn't move Zach Randolphmeaning they will be pushing full force for the postseason and gamble on re-signing him in the offseason.

With Battier's addition, along with Denver and Utah both trading away franchise players, I think the Grizzlies are primed to make a run for one of the last two playoff spots.

The Portland Trail Blazers pulled off a massive haul, as they landed Gerald Wallace from the Charlotte Bobcats, meaning it will be tough for the Grizzlies to catch them for the sixth seed.

As long as Memphis makes it into the playoffs with everyone healthy, I think they have a solid chance of winning a couple of games against any of the upper echelon of the West. They could even be a threat to some in a first-round series.