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Let's Get Xavier

The standoff between the Memphis Grizzlies and Xavier Henry continues.

http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/68351/20100725/standoff_between_grizzlies_henry_continues/

I liked him before the draft, and I still think he'd be a good fit for the team the Wolves are building.

Let's make a play for him.  It's a buy-low situation, as Memphis officially has a problem on their hands.  Their owner is being pennywise and pound-foolish (after the Rudy Gay contract.)  Seriously.  You're going to give Rudy Gay all that money, but you won't sign your first round pick to the standard rookie deal?

Something like 95% of rookies get the 120% or rookie scale that is allowed.

The #12 pick isn't going to get that?

Here's what I think we should offer.

Let's offer to give Memphis their first round pick back.  We don't have to wait around for it to be unprotected, or be outside the lottery.  We also offer them Wayne Ellington, so they can at least replace their draft pick with another shooter.

In return, we ask for Xavier Henry and a future 2nd round pick.  This would allow us to continue to stockpile Euro assets.  I trust Ronzone and our European Scout a lot more than Kahn making lottery picks, so that removes the possibility of him botching another lottery pick.

What do you think?  Does Memphis go for it?  Is there a better/more realistic offer to make?

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