The Memphis Grizzlies and the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't exactly pull off a blockbuster, but they did make a multi-player deal happen yesterday. The Grizzlies sent Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby, and a future pick to the Cavaliers for Jon Leuer.
According to an AP report (via Fox Sports), the deal cleared about $6 million in salary for the Grizzlies. As the team works toward rebuilding themselves into a consistent contender, payroll space will be important. For the Cavaliers, the deal represents a potential big leap forward if they can make the best out of the draft pick compensation from Memphis.
Jon Leuer is a 23-year old power forward who has been in the league for two seasons now. The Grizzlies are not getting much production in Leuer, but they will have another big man option. Leuer has averaged 2.4 points per game this season and 1.4 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies are losing a group of young players, but they are freeing up the salary space necessary to make future moves. Memphis has performed well for the most part with what they have this season, but they feel they can get much better. And the plan is not for the rebuilding process to be a long one. This could be the first piece of that puzzle.
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