Yahoo Sports reports that the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are involved in trade talks centered around Minnesota sending forward Chase Budinger and guard J.J. Barea to Memphis in exchange for forward Tayshaun Prince. The big question involves a Memphis favorite:
Memphis wants to include forward Tayshaun Prince into the package and the deal could be expanded to include guard Tony Allen, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Components of a proposed deal are still fluid.
Moving Allen would likely enrage the Memphis fanbase that loves Allen for his defense, heart and antics. There's a reason they call him "The Grindfather." But moving Prince gets a huge financial burden at $8 million per year over this season and next off the cap while adding a shooter they desperately need and a backup guard in Barea who, while unpredictable and undersized, can provide a spark off the bench.
The Wolves are apparently aiming to pick up defensive acumen, as Prince is still a quality defensive forward. Adding Allen would immediately give them a stellar three-man defensive rotation with Ricky Rubio, Allen and Prince, and would allow them to live a bit more defensively with Kevin Martin on the floor.
Budinger does come with long-term money implications for Memphis as well as a significant injury history having missed most of the past two seasons with knee injuries.