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- Tayshaun Prince was just hanging around before Detroit’s game at Indiana Wednesday when several of his teammates began telling him that he and Austin Daye were being sent to Memphis as part of a trade that sent Grizzlies’ forward Rudy Gay to Toronto. It was a shocker to the 32-year-old Prince, who had spent his entire career in Detroit and had just re-signed with the Pistons last year. “There was a lot of mixed emotions at the time,” Prince said. “It’s time to start a new chapter. I’m excited. I know I don’t seem like it right now, but the last couple of days have been crazy. I’m new to this trade scenario type of situation and being involved in it. It definitely was a culture shock to me. But I’m excited. The guys made me feel very warm when I walked in the locker room. Hopefully, I won’t have too many nerves when I go out there and play today.” Prince and Daye, along with forward Ed Davis who was acquired from Toronto in the three-team deal, will make their Memphis debut tonight at FedExForum.
- Davis, a 6-10 forward in his third season out of North Carolina, is looking forward to playing for a playoff-caliber team for the first time. Since winning the national championship at North Carolina, Davis said he’s had a hard time coping with losing. “That’s one of the hardest things I went through is just losing every night and going on 10-game losing streaks,” Davis said. The Grizzlies are enamored with the skill set of the slender, yet athletic Davis, and look forward to having him matchup against some of the other athletic forwards in the Western Conference. Davis is averaging a career-high 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds.
- Daye could be an interesting piece in the trade. During his first three years in Detroit, Daye struggled with being consistent. But this season, he’s been a valuable player off the bench. The 6-11 forward is shooting a career-high .525 from 3-point range, an area the Grizzlies desperately need help. “If you look at my stats this year, I’ve been shooting the ball pretty well,” Daye said. “I saw that the team was lacking a little shooting, so hopefully I can help that out a little bit and just bring a good spirit of the team.” Daye is averaging 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds.
- Wizards’ rookie guard Bradley Beal will miss tonight’s game with a sprained right wrist. Beal is averaging 13.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
– Marlon W. Morgan