Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins doesn't want to make a trade

Jan 11, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) and shooting guard Tony Allen (9) celebrate after making a play during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs in overtime 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

Amid trade season, seemingly the hottest commodities have been just about every rumored trade for a Memphis Grizzlies star player (Rudy Gay mostly, but also Zach Randolph and/or Marc Gasol).

After taking the Los Angeles Clippers to seven games last season in the First Round of the postseason, Memphis hired stat guru John Hollinger and the Grizzlies seem intent on having the best possible team for the least amount of money, resulting in the team shopping their star players “for the right deal” in an effort to cut salary and avoid the luxury tax.

But for head coach Lionel Hollins, he is intent on winning now. (H/T ProBasketballTalk for the find)

“I like our team,” Hollins said, while appearing on local radio in Memphis.  ”I like the way we’ve grown the last few years, our maturity, and I would certainly as a coach like to keep our team together and see where we go this year. If management decides after the season is over that they want to move somebody for whatever reason, we’ll deal with that. But in the middle of a season, as successful as we are, it would be a big letdown.”

The Grizzlies currently own the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference at 24-11 and are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

The three aforementioned players lead the team in points (Gay- 17.8), rebounds (Randolph- 11.7) and blocks (Gasol- 1.9) per game.

While the Oklahoma City Thunder are better than they were last season, Memphis would be smart to hold steady with their current roster and see how the season pans out. That is, if the “right deal” doesn’t come along.

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