The Newest Grizzlies are finally in the Den..
But, it took some real convincing to get one of them here.
Bobby Jackson, Eddie Jones and Damon Stoudamire all met the Memphis Media this afternoon at their New home, FedExForum..
Jones, in the middle, was perfectly happy with his old home..and who wouldn't.
You see, Jones was poised for another run at the NBA Championship with the Miami Heat thanks, to last the arrival of All-Stars Shaquille O'Neal and Dwayne Wade..
Instead, Jones, a former All-Star himself, got the call he was traded to Memphis..
It took lots of prodding by his wife, and Schmoozing by Grizzlies Team President Jerry West, to make him come around.
They had to convince Jones Memphis was a new beginning for the 12-year pro..
A place where he could leave a legacy Grizzlies Fans would forever remember...
Things like a first playoff win... A Series victory...a chase for the title.
In Stoudamire and Jackson, the Grizzlies get consistent effort and heady play by two veterans used to making deep playoff runs.
Stoudamire led the Blazers to back to back Western Conference Finals in 19-99 and 2000.
Jackson helped Sacramento make the Conference Finals in 2003, when he was named NBA 6th Man of the Year.
Grizzlies President Jerry West says he's still working on more deals, but don't expect anything before Training Camp Opens in October.
The Grizzlies also used the NBA's new Amnesty Clause to waive former guard Troy Bell.
The move takes almost $1.5 Million dollars off the Grizzlies Luxury tax payment.