After posting my initial reaction to the trade late last night/early this morning, I decided to take in some other reactions before giving it a second take myself. And if I'm going to read this stuff, I might as well pass it on.
A couple of general thoughts about national reaction: I think that if you have your own informed opinions you shouldn't put too much emphasis on outside declarations or conventional wisdom. The Pau Gasol trade was almost universally panned. I thought it was a rational and reasonable move. I was proven correct. Here, the consensus is much more in line with my thinking. But we could all be wrong. Maybe this “not great but makes sense” deal will end up being a disaster instead.
It's also probably telling that the writers most optimistic about the deal from the Grizzlies perspective are analysis-oriented types who concentrate on thinking about the game. The writers most pessimistic about the deal from the Grizzlies perspective seemed to be conventional reporter types whose work is more rooted in being a conduit for front-office sources. Doesn't mean one perspective is inherently more worthwhile than the other, but I do find that split compelling.
Anyway, here's an annotated guide to my morning reading. I'll wade into the deal again from some new or deeper angles later in the day and will be on “The Chris Vernon Show” at 1 p.m. to talk about it.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo takes his typically well-written sledgehammer to the new Grizzlies ownership and management, including a gratuitous shot at John Hollinger.
Mike Prada of SB Nation gives the Griz an “A” and says that “the Grizzlies have clarified their offensive pecking order while maintaining or even enhancing their stifling defense.”
Chris Sheridan says the Griz win deal, apparently because of Tayshaun Prince's veteran leadership. —
Five of six respondents in ESPN's True Hoop blogger roundtable like it for the Grizzlies.
CBS Sports blogger and avowed Grizzlies fan Matt Moore gives the Grizzlies an “A-” and says Ed David is the best value player in the deal.
CBS Sports columnist Ken Berger considers the deal a “necessary step back” for the Grizzlies.
ESPN Insider's Tom Haberstroh gives the Griz a “B” and wonders if they got back enough offensive juice for this season. His take is probably closest to mine of anything I've read.
Yahoo's Kelly Dwyer, whose divergent feelings about the city of Memphis and Rudy Gay are both well-documented, thinks Gay has “done absolutely nothing besides look the part of an All-Star while offering the production of an average player” and thinks the Grizzlies offense will get more efficient.
True Hoop's Henry Abbott has six thoughts on the deal, including echoing my hope that moving into a playoff race might rejuvenate Tayshaun Prince.
SI's Ben Golliver gives the Grizzlies a “B+” and thinks Davis could end up being the steal of the trade.