During his three-plus seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Austin Daye had never ventured to the visitor's locker room at the Palace.
So he was stunned at the cramped quarters when he walked in as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday morning.
But that might be the only drawback to the trade that sent him south two weeks ago. Daye said he was ready for a change of scenery.
"It's an adjustment, but I was happy with the trade," he said. "I'm glad to have the opportunity to play with a playoff team and playing good minutes, and I've been productive so it's been great for me."
Daye was a small part of the blockbuster day Jan. 30 that sent longtime Piston Tayshaun Prince to Memphis, Rudy Gay to Toronto and Jose Calderon to Detroit.
But Daye has carved out a niche as a sniper off the bench for the Grizzlies, one of the top teams in the Western Conference. He credited Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins for making it simple.
"Coach Hollins has great insight and has been in my ear to give me confidence with our system, and he's done a great job," Daye said.
He scored six points with three rebounds and two assists off the bench in Memphis' 105-91 victory over the Pistons.
Ex-Piston Austin Daye 'happy' with trade, settling in well with Grizzlies
Detroit Free Press | Feb 20