Welp, we got what we wanted. We're currently under the tax threshold and the core four get one more chance at a deep playoff run and a shot at the title.

The Grizzlies traded Rain Wayne Ellington, Marreese Speights, Josh Selby, and a 2015 lottery protected pick (no seriously, we included a pick, willingly) for Jon Laeur Leuer. (Go check all the different stories and tweets. It was even misspelled on hoopshype.com.) It was purely a salary dump; saving us around $6 million and getting us under the dreaded luxury tax that new owner Robert Pera clearly was not going to pay. But the question has to be asked, and inevitably it will be, so lets go ahead and ask it: Is this a better move than some of the scenarios we've seen for a Rudy Gay trade?

That's pretty tough to answer right now, because this was (hopefully) a precursor to more moves in the not too distant future. That being said, if I'm John Hollinger, and this is the first trade I've ever made as a member of an NBA team's front office, I'm pretty embarrassed. We sent 3 players and a draft pick for one guy. That's not necessarily a bad formula. If this were a Dwight Howard trade or a move for LeBron James, you'd almost certainly see something of that nature. Speights and Ellington are good role players, but they are far from superstars or world-beaters. Speights has a terrible +/-, something our new front office outlook is very high on, and rightfully so, and Wayne was averaging 5 points a game on 40% shooting. Josh Selby was a second round draft pick, but was clearly wasting away on the bench with Lionel Hollins. The 2015 pick is lottery protected, and unless everything that could possibly go wrong goes wrong, we shouldn't be anywhere near the lottery in 2015, so that's not terrible. But the fact that we gave ALL of that up for a guy who's name several credible NBA websites and sources couldn't get right? A guy whose played less minutes than Josh Selby? That's a pretty one-sided trade, and just looking at it that way makes it seem pretty awful. Yes, it gets us under the tax, but as far as trades go, lets just be honest, that one sucked. (Also, with as bad as the East is, it will be interesting to see if Cleveland can play spoiler to some teams down the stretch. I don't think they can make up enough ground to make the 8th seed, but I do think they will be good enough to hurt some teams chances of getting in.)