With no Fireworks ON the court to speak of, lately, the Memphis Grizzlies are creating a bit of a buzz by wheeling and dealing OFF the court.
Darius Miles is back with the Grizzlies, despite a warning from his former team, Portland, NOT to sign him..
More on that in a moment..
But first, there's strong trade talk of shipping Grizzlies Point guard Mike Conley to the Milwaukee Bucks for 2 players, point guard Ramon Sessions, and Small Forward Joe Alexander.
The Racine Journal Times of Wisconsin reports both teams have -quote- "virtually agreed on the trade," and only Bucks owner Herb Kohl has to give his stamp of approval.
For his part, Conley says all he can do is keep playing.
"I do hear the talk of moving me somewhere else. It's kind of disappointing, but there's nothing i can do about that. "Conley says. "All i can control is what i do on the Court and work as hard as i can to do that."
Conley, the 4th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, started 53 games LAST season..but his production has dropped this year.
He's started only 18-games and is averaging 7.5 points and 4.9. Assists.
In return, Sessions, a former D-League, has been much more productive, and is much less expensive.
He's averaging almost 11-points and 4.5 assists, while playing backup to Luke Ridnour.
Sessions makes less than $800-Grand, while Conley is guaranteed more than $7-Million over the next 2-years.
Alexander, the #8 overall pick last June out of West Virginia, has played sparingly behind former All-Star Richard Jefferson.
He's averaging 4.1 points a game.
The NBA Trade Deadline is February 19th.
Now to the Intrigue and Espionage that is the NBA when it comes to signing another teams' discarded players.
The Memphis Grizzlies now have Darius Miles in tow for the next 10-games, much to the chagrin of the Portland Trailblazers.
Miles practiced with the Grizz Tuesday..
He realizes there's controversy surrounding his re-signing with the Grizz.
Portland, which still owes him $18-Million bucks, had threatened Legal action if any time signed the 6'9" Forward and played him in 10-games.
That would trigger his account due after the club had deemed his knee injury career ending two years ago.
But, the NBA AND the Players Union came to Miles Rescue.
The League saying Miles is free to sign with any team..
The Union threatening Collusion if Portland doesn't let up.
Miles says he's disappointed in the situation, but is thankful to the Grizzlies for giving him a chance to showcase his talent again.
He played well in a short stint against Minnesota last week before the Grizz waived him to keep from guaranteeing his contract for the rest of the season.
They can bring him back on two 10-day contracts, if they wish..before having to make another decision on him.
Grizzlies Coach Marc Iavaroni says, with Darko Milicic out at least another 3-weeks, the team needs another big body inside. Plus, Miles is a veteran and can help show the younger players what to do in certain situations.
The Grizzlies face a Tough situation Tuesday night in FedExForum.
That's when NBA Superstar LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town.