The Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday traded leading scorer Rudy Gay and center Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for point guard Jose Calderon, forward Ed Davis and a second-round pick.
Memphis in turn sent Calderon to Detroit in exchange for veteran forward Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.
Because of the complexities in a three-team deal involving multiple players, it is highly unlikely Davis, Prince and Daye will be cleared in time to play for the Grizzlies in Thursday's 7 p.m. contest against the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
According to ESPN.com, the Dallas Mavericks also were interested in acquiring Calderon, but did not want to surrender swingman Vince Carter to fill the Grizzlies' scoring void created by Gay's departure.
RETURN TO PRACTICE
The Thunder returned to practice for the first time since its six-game, 10-day road trip ended Sunday. OKC went 3-3 on the longest excursion in franchise history, which ended with a loss against the Los Angeles Lakers.
“It was a long trip,” coach Scott Brooks said. “It's good to be back in our familiar surroundings. I thought the trip was good. Not great, but good.”
Players had “developmental” days on Monday and Tuesday to work on their shooting and receive treatment.
“Just get some rest, get their bodies and minds right going into this next stretch of games,” Brooks said.
“When you're on the road, you don't have a lot of time to watch your film and break down the game the way we would like to, but today we had a good film session, talked about some of the mistakes we need to correct.”
PROS FOR AFRICA
Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Gov. Mary Fallin hosted a fundraiser Wednesday in conjunction with Pros for Africa, an Oklahoma nonprofit foundation that supports children in Africa.
The fundraiser included a live auction with proceeds going to support the work of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, including the building of schools and orphanages in Uganda and South Sudan, plus other projects to assist children in Africa. Sister Rosemary's programs have helped more than 2,000 girls who had previously been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army, a militia group that uses child soldiers.
The fundraiser was held at the Philips Pavilion on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion. Items up for bid included a trip for two to Africa with Pros for Africa and autographed Thunder gear.
Thunder's record in November (13-4), December (11-2) and January (10-5).
Thunder's record on Sundays (5-3), Mondays (5-1), Tuesdays (3-1), Wednesdays (6-3), Thursdays (2-2), Fridays (10-1) and Saturdays (3-0).
OKC and Memphis play only three times this season. The final meeting will be March 20 at FedExForum.
Asked what he learned on the long road trip, Thunder backup point guard Reggie Jackson smiled and said: “Sleep. Got to keep up on your sleep. A few of us may have caught a cold, just a common cold, just getting over that, so getting back in our own beds is helping.”
Caddie Joe LaCava when asked what he and Tiger Woods talked about during extremely slow play Monday during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Classic: “We talked a lot about Kobe (Bryant). He loves Kobe and he couldn't believe he had 14 assists (against the Thunder). He was stoked about that.”
BY JOHN ROHDE