Trade Deadline: Thabeet and (maybe) Mayo Out, Battier In

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A flurry of activity at the NBA trade deadline will bring Shane Battier back to Memphis — at least briefly. The Grizzlies acquired Battier, an impending free agent, from the Houston Rockets for Hasheem Thabeet and a future first round pick.

A second, more controversial, deal is on the table but not official as of right now. It would send O.J. Mayo to the Indiana Pacers for reserve big man Josh McRoberts and a future first-round pick. The Pacers hold a trade exception that would make the deal possible despite a disparity in salaries between the two players. At the moment, however, it is uncertain if the Grizzlies and Pacers submitted trade in time.

I'll be discussing all this on the Chris Vernon Show (730 AM) at 5 p.m. and will have a full — and sure to be lengthy — post trade deadline report up later tonight.

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