The Marreese Speights era in Philadelphia could be coming to a rapid end. According to ESPN sources, the Sixers are involved in talks of a three team deal that would send the former first round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Grizzlies would send swingman Xavier Henry to the Hornets. The Sixers would receive the Grizzlies' second round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and the Hornets' second round pick in 2013.
The Sixers selected Speights with the 16th overall pick in the 2008 draft. In his two plus seasons in Philadelphia, Speights has started four games and averaged 7.2 points per game and 3.7 rebounds. Speights saw his minutes per game drop an average of 5 minutes from 16.4 minutes in 2009-2010 to 11.5 minutes in 2010-2011 in Doug Collins’ first season as Sixers head coach. Speights has not played in the Sixers first four games this season.
He is owed $2.7 million this season with a $3.8 million qualifying offer for next season. The deal of Speights gives the Sixers a little room to breathe under the $58 million cap.
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