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Grizzlies owner, CEO discuss recent trades

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Grizzlies owner Robert Pera Grizzlies owner Robert Pera
Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien (second from the left) Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien (second from the left)

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera says he believes his team's recent trades may make this the best, most-playoff dangerous squad in franchise history.

Pera and CEO Jason Levien held a news conference at FedEx Forum Tuesday morning in which they addressed a wide range of topics.

Both say it is too early to comment on head coach Lionel Hollins future with the team though they did have breakfast with him and were impressed with the meeting.

Levien says trading All-Star center Zach Randolph was never a serious discussion this season. Pera says trading Rudy Gay, Mareese Speights, Josh Selby, Wayne Ellington, and Hames Haddadi for Tayshaun Prince, Jon Leuer, Ed Davis, and Austin Daye made good sense for the grinding style of basketball Memphis plays.

He also responded to recent criticism that he does not want to spend the money necessary to win in the NBA.

"I run my business, my real business, Ubiquiti Networks, definitely for profitability, right," Pera said. "For the Memphis Grizzlies, I definitely don't want to profit in any way. The primary goal is to win and to make the city of Memphis proud."

He continued, "Whether I'm worth a billion dollars or $10 billion, I don't think throwing money is the way to get the best result.  Like, if you look at the lakers, right, they threw together all these stars and a huge payroll and it's not working so far."

Action News 5's Nick Kenney was at that press conference and will have more on Pera's first half-season as an owner on Action News 5 at 5.

Action News 5 sports director Jarvis Greer was there too and will have more on Action News 5 at 6 p.m.

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