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Newest Grizzlies Meet Memphis

The Face of Memphis' NBA team is changing..

It's much younger...and has the potential to be much more talented.

With the completion of the League Draft the Grizzlies did their best wheeling and dealing to try and bring Memphis a winner..

The product is taking shape...but expect it to take some time to grow.

Mark your calendars for the 2010-11 season.

That's the year the Memphis Grizzlies, if everything goes according to their three year plan, will be an NBA contender.

The newest pieces of the puzzle...USC guard O.J Mayo and Kansas forward Darrell Arthur.

Both players come by way of late night trades.

Mayo, as part of an 8 player deal including number 5 pick Kevin Love and Grizzlies swingman Mike Miller, and Arthur for number 28 pick Donte Green.

After being projected as a potential lottery pick, Arthur was the last man standing in the green room, eventually slipping all the way to the 27th pick.

He was then traded from New Orleans to Portland and Houston before falling into the hands of the Grizzlies.

In giving up Miller, the Grizzlies now have a much younger core.

It may not be the most popular part of the deal with the fans, but essential for the growth of an NBA title contender.

  Grizz team owner Michael Heisley says he's set out a 3-year timetable to turn the Grizzlies, not only into a winner...but an NBA Championship contender.

Let the turnaround begin.

The Grizzlies are on the clock.


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