Rumors fly about O.J. Mayo, Thabeet trades but Grizzlies say nothing imminent

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Wednesday the NBA trade floodgates open. Well, sort of. They open in the sense that all the guys signed as free agents this summer can be traded as of Dec. 15, so possibilities for trades increase exponentially.

The actual trades, those usually take some time.

Take the Grizzlies for example. They will listen to your offers for Hasheem Thabeet — he’s a former No. 2 pick and 7’2” — and maybe O.J. Mayo. That doesn’t mean anything is about to happen, according to the Commercial Appeal.

“We are not trying to trade O.J. or Hasheem,” said Griz owner Michael Heisley, who sat courtside Monday with Portland in town. “We haven’t had any conversations about them, and I should know because I’m the one making the decisions.”

“A lot of people have speculated that (Mayo is) going to be traded because he’s not starting,” (Grizzlies coach Lionel) Hollins said. “That’s the nature of the media beast.”

That doesn’t mean that a trade won’t happen, just that it will not be happening soon. This is pretty standard, don’t expect much action until after the first of the year, and for things to not really pick up until the February trade deadline nears. The NBA needs deadlines to make deals happen most of the time, it seems.