For about an hour on Friday night, the Grizzlies appeared poised to finalize a three-team trade with the Suns and Wizards. The proposed deal would have sent Trevor Ariza to Washington and Austin Rivers to Phoenix, and would have allowed Memphis to acquire Kelly Oubre for Wayne Selden, two second-round picks, and one other player.
The confusion over the identity of that last player – whom the Grizzlies believed would be MarShon Brooks and the Suns thought was Dillon Brooks – ultimately killed the trade, as we outlined in a pair of stories.
Responding to a report that the Suns and Grizzlies discussed Dillon Brooks during the negotiating process – and to a report that Suns owner Robert Sarver and Grizzlies owner Robert Pera directly discussed Brooks – Memphis GM Chris Wallace issued a statement to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter links) to strongly deny those rumors.
Here’s Wallace’s full statement:
“Robert Pera did not have any conversation with Suns owner Robert Sarver about the reported three-way trade. Our front office also didn’t have any conversations with Phoenix regarding the reported three-team trade prior to it leaking during our game tonight.
“We were floored to learn of the reports involving Dillon Brooks in the reported trade. We never discussed Dillon as part of this trade with Washington – which was the only team we spoke with concerning this proposed deal.”
It remains unclear what exactly happened during these negotiations that led to the Brooks-related mishap, as multiple reports from earlier in the evening suggested that the Suns and Wizards believed Dillon was the Brooks being discussed.
Whatever the truth is, none of the three teams come out of Friday night looking particularly good.