HoopsHype Marreese Speights rumors

January 5, 2012 Updates

The 76ers traded center Marreese Speights to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday in exchange for a pair of second-round draft choices. The pick from the Grizzlies comes in the 2012 draft. The third team involved, the New Orleans Hornets, whom the Sixers play Wednesday night, will send a second-round pick in 2013. The Sixers will also get a $2.72 million trade exception - the equivalent to Speights' 2011-12 salary. "We wish Marreese all the best as he stars a new chapter in his career with Memphis," Sixers president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said. "This trade will give us additional assets moving forward, including a trade exception, which will help us as we look to continue to improve our team." Philadelphia Inquirer

"I feel really good about it," Speights said after the team's morning shootaround at the New Orleans Arena, shortly after being told about it. "I've got a fresh start so I just got to get back on the ground and be prepared to play. I know [Memphis] is a lot like us. They have a good coach in coach [Lionel] Hollins. I know them a little bit. They have coach [Henry] Bibby, who used to coach here a little bit." Though a wonderful offensive talent, Speights battled conditioning and defensive problems throughout his career. His numbers dipped last season to an average of 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 11.5 minutes. Those numbers were down from those of his first two seasons. Philadelphia Inquirer

January 4, 2012 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed in principle to the terms of a three-team trade with New Orleans and Philadelphia that will bring 76ers center Marreese Speights to the Grizzlies, according to sources with knowledge of the trade. The deal, on course to be completed later Wednesday, would send Memphis swingman Xavier Henry to the Hornets and two second-round picks to Philadelphia. ESPN.com

The Grizzlies have agreed to acquire 6-10 forward/center Marresse Speights from the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-team trade, an NBA source confirmed this morning. Memphis would send second-year guard Xavier Henry to New Orleans, which would give Philadelphia a pair of second-round draft picks. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis has attempted to bolster its frontline since training camp began. The Griz would like to add a reliable backup for starting center Marc Gasol despite having re-signed reserve center Hamed Haddadi. Team officials view the 6-10 Speights as an athletic and versatile big man who can spell Gasol or Randolph at times. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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December 11, 2011 Updates

According to sources, the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets have had advanced discussions about a trade that would send center Marreese Speights from Philly to Denver for a future second-round pick. However, the trade has not been completed and may not occur, depending on whether the Nuggets are able to retain their free agent center Nene. NBA.com

Steve Kyler: Hearing the 76ers are very active in trying to move Marreese Speights.. he is a lo dollar guy at $2.7 mill, so won;t return a lot. Twitter

November 14, 2011 Updates
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Scott Schroeder: Byron Mullens was replaced by Marreese Speights in Greece, by the way. He apparently left on his own, judging from my last retweet. Twitter

September 21, 2011 Updates
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Marreese Speights has averaged 28 points and 9 rebounds in three games, shooting around 70 percent from the field (the stats are unofficial for the record; check out the scorecards that are used via Ben from Blazer's Edge). His jumper is as wet as I've ever seen it, and he's been handing out posterizations like they're free candy. Below is a video of him dunking on the lengthy JaVale McGee twice in the same game. I caught up with Speights for a minute and he told me he's been focusing on his conditioning and his body this summer. He also said he keeps in touch with some of his teammates and plays with Louis Williams. LibertyBallers.com

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