Posted: Dec 4, 2003 2:09 am
The Grizzlies have acquired troubled Portland guard Bonzi Wells for Wesley Person.
The trade, which may also include draft picks, is expected to be announced by 5 p.m. CDT.
Person is in the final year of a contract that pays $7.7 million this season. Wells earns $7 million a season, and has two more years remaining on his contract. He'll be paid $7.7 for the 2004-05 campaign and $8 million for the 2005-06 season.
"We are very hopeful that this opportunity provides a fresh start for Bonzi in Memphis and that he enjoys joining a rising young team in the Grizzlies," President Jerry West said in a statement. "We're very optimistic Bonzi will provide a significant presence in our lineup."
The Griz are not concerned about Wells's bad boy image and disciplinarian action that includes:
Being fined $10,000 for making an obscene gesture at a fan in the final minutes of a Nov. 3 game against Philadelphia.
Being suspended two games Nov. 18 and stripped of co-captaincy for a profanity-laced tirade directed at Coach Maurice Cheeks.
Last season, Wells was suspended on three occasions:
In March, suspended for a game after cursing at Cheeks during practice.
In December, he was suspended two games by the league for fighting with Golden State's Chris Mills after the final buzzer of their Dec. 20 game.
On Nov. 9, he spit on San Antonio's Danny Ferry and was subsequently suspended one game by the league.
On the court, the Griz will tout Wells's talent. Last season, he scored a Blazers playoff high 45 points in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against Dallas.
Wells has averaged 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in his career spanning six seasons.