Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News is reporting that the Warriors turned down a trade offer from the Memphis Grizzlies of O.J. Mayo and contract filler for Monta Ellis.
Now, on the face of this, it appears to be a pretty natural rejection of a reasonable offer from Memphis. But OJAM is younger, has no moped injury, and is becoming one of the better perimeter defenders in the league, despite what’s in the Kawakami story from a source regarding his defense.
Meanwhile, Ellis has turned into a prototypical garbage time scorer, pouring in points for a terrible team, with 4 years and $44 million left on his contract. A long-term contract for a poor defensive player in exchange for a second year player who nearly won rookie of the year last year and who is a true small guard, versus Ellis’ combo-weirdness.
The Grizzlies should do its part to try and spend some of their cap-space to contend and improve. But Mayo’s been a huge part of their success and continues to improve. Trading him for Ellis would have been a step backwards for the organization that fit no need. Luckily the Warriors are more interested in keeping as many players it can mismanage as possible.