Owner defends Grizzlies' trades, commitment to win

Updated: February 1, 2013, 4:21 PM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Grizzlies' new owner is defending the trade of his team's leading scorer and other moves to dump salary, saying he believes they can do some "serious damage" in the playoffs with the changes.

Robert Pera took part in a web chat Friday with Memphis' season ticket holders along with chief executive officer Jason Levien, and Pera's first question was about whether the new ownership group has the financial ability to run the team.

"This team was built for playoff ...

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