Grizzlies welcome back forward Shane Battier - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Grizzlies welcome back forward Shane Battier

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shane Battier is back on Beale St.

Battier received his No. 31 Grizzlies jersey during a news conference in front of applauding fans Friday at FedExForum, located just steps from the historic street known for its blues music and barbecue.

Battier, who played with the Grizzlies for five seasons, was traded to Memphis by Houston on Thursday for center Hasheem Thabeet, forward DeMarre Carroll and a first round pick. The Grizzlies also received guard Ish Smith.

Battier could ease the sting of losing small forward and second leading scorer Rudy Gay, who is expected to miss about three more weeks after dislocating his left shoulder Feb. 15.

The Grizzlies want to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006, when Battier was on the roster.

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