Grizzlies looking for deal if the price right

Earning a postseason berth hasn’t been one of the Grizzlies’ stated goals for this season.

But privately, they have made appearing in the playoffs a mission.

To that end, the Grizzlies’ effort to improve the team’s depth is
ongoing. Memphis has three first-round picks in the 2010 NBA draft and
is peddling its two late-round selections in an attempt to add scoring
off the bench.

The Griz will not take a player whose deal extends beyond this season if they indeed consummate a deal. Although they are willing to trade draft picks because of the team’s youth, the Griz are not offering their own 2010 selection.

Memphis’ first-round picks that are owed from Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers are in play.

The process began earlier this season when the Grizzlies approached tonight’s opponent, the Portland Trail Blazers, about a potential trade involving forward Travis Outlaw.

According to league sources, the Blazers weren’t interested in swapping Outlaw merely for draft picks so the deal quickly fizzled. It was the second time since last season that the Griz expressed interest in Outlaw, who is out another two months while recovering from a broken bone in his left foot.

Outlaw is one of several injured players expected to sit out the Grizzlies’ final road game against the Blazers. Centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla are done for the season. Forwards Nicolas Batum and Rudy Fernandez aren’t expected back until late January while LaMarcus Aldridge will sit out this week with an ankle sprain.

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