Revisiting the Pondexter for Vasquez deal
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Revisiting the Pondexter for Vasquez deal
Posted by dgtiger3 on 5/9 at 8:45 am
Interesting little Insider article I saw posted this morning.
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On Christmas Eve 2011, the same day Oklahoma City waived Nate Robinson in a move they surely now regret, Memphis and New Orleans orchestrated a deal that swapped guard Greivis Vasquez for forward Quincy Pondexter. Coincidentally, only one summer earlier the pair were selected two picks from each other in the 2010 draft -- Pondexter at 26 and Vasquez at 28.

Now a year-and-a-half since what seemed like a minor deal at the time, both young players are blossoming with their new teams.

The emergence of Vasquez is well-documented. In his first full season as New Orleans' starting point guard, Vasquez shined with averages of 13.9 PPG and 9.0 APG. For his efforts, he finished second in the NBA's Most Improved Player Award behind Indiana's Paul George.

Pondexter is only now starting to become more of a familiar name as he receives quality minutes off the bench for the Grizzlies in the playoffs. But as Tuesday night's game against OKC showed, Pondexter has carved out a nice role for himself as a long defender and corner 3-point shooter. In Memphis' Game 2 win over the Thunder, Pondexter stole the ball from Kevin Durant on back-to-back possessions and hit two momentum-building baskets in a matter of minutes -- a 17-foot baseline J after several offensive rebounds gave the Grizz new possessions, and a rhythm corner 3.

Who got the better end of the deal? It'd be hard not to say the Pelicans at this point. But the free agent signing of Jerryd Bayless to replace Vasquez as the backup point guard has panned out fairly well for Memphis, and it's hard to deny what Pondexter is doing as a solid player off the bench. As of today, the trade has worked out well for both teams.



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Posted by Brow_City_Trick on 5/9 at 8:49 am to dgtiger3
It's even funnier that Bayless... a guy who traded a future 1st for to Portland, was picked up by Memphis after we then shipped him out to Toronto for Jack.

So that's almost like 2 1st rounders for Greivis in an abstract view. I still like the move though. If Greivis is as stand up as he appears and is willing to play the backup role/combo guard if we get another PG... you absolutely lock him up. You can teach heart and he has that on steroids.



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Posted by corndeaux on 5/9 at 8:51 am to dgtiger3
Vasquez has been great, but Pondexter is similar to the type of player (Brewer, Budinger, Webster) many people want to see the Pels sign at the 3 this summer.

I think I would rather have QPon. Vasquez is better, but IMO pgs are easier to find.



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Posted by TigerinATL on 5/9 at 8:57 am to Brow_City_Trick
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So that's almost like 2 1st rounders for Greivis in an abstract view


No it's not. 1st -> Bayless -> Jack -> Cap Space -> Lopez That 1st given up for Bayless has turned into Lopez if you're looking at it abstractly.


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Posted by 42 on 5/9 at 9:15 am to TigerinATL
The comparison is Hornets with Q compared to Hornets with G. How Memphis fares does not enter into the comparison.

So we won. Memphis likely won too.



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Posted by gideon on 5/9 at 10:34 am to 42
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The comparison is Hornets with Q compared to Hornets with G. How Memphis fares does not enter into the comparison.

So we won. Memphis likely won too.


Exactly. It was absolutely a win for both franchises.



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Posted by mm2316 on 5/9 at 2:58 pm to dgtiger3
Both teams made out about as even as possible.


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Posted by titleist71 on 5/9 at 11:07 pm to mm2316
Q pon is the ultimate role player.

he is long, can defend the 2 and 3 and can space the floor while knocking down open 3's. kawhi mold



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Posted by MrBlue105 on 5/9 at 11:19 pm to titleist71
Our organization isn't developing these kids very well imo. Pondexter starting to improve over there isisn't a coincidence.


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Posted by 42 on 5/9 at 11:26 pm to MrBlue105
You aren't paying attention.


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