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The Grizzlies, who've been looking to shed payroll without damaging their postseason chances too much, are on the verge of completing a trade that would send Rudy Gay to Toronto, Jose Calderon to Detroit and multiple pieces to Memphis, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Fans were mixed on who got the best of the trade, and whether the 26-year-old Gay was worth the contract that pays him $16.5 million this season.
Flip Saunders joined SportsCenter this morning to discuss whether some teams in the middle of the Eastern and Western Conference playoff standings were contenders or pretenders. Now it's your turn to weigh in. Where do you think the Bulls, Nets, Pacers, Grizzlies and Warriors stand in relation to the elite teams at the top of the standings? Are any of them a real threat to go deep in the playoffs or even win the title?
Running of the Bulls?
All-Stars Joakim Noah and Luol Deng have kept the Bulls afloat until they get Derrick Rose back.
Where Brooklyn at?
Since the Nets replaced Avery Johnson, P.J. Carlesimo has had the team rolling, going 11-3 in January.
Right on pace?
The Pacers have been without Danny Granger all year, but Paul George has stepped up.
Walking out of Memphis?
The Grizzlies are all smiles now, but will they still be winners if they trade Rudy Gay?
Golden State of mind?
Andrew Bogut's return could be just the thing to take the Warriors to the next level.
The Lakers' season-long struggles have made headlines. But look beyond the plot twists and turns of the "Showtime" soap opera and you'll see the West has produced some surprising success stories. The Clippers were expected to be improved, but 12 straight wins and the division lead have fans giddy in Lob City. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are showing that perhaps last season's playoff success was no fluke. The Warriors have been boosted by the emergence of young stars. And the Timberwolves have stayed in the race despite early injuries. Which team will be left standing when the dust settles?
The Clippers have won 12 straight games, breaking a franchise record set in Bob McAdoo's glory days with the Buffalo Braves. Is this team finally a contender after years of misfortune?
The Grizzlies are leading the league in defense (89.5 ppg allowed) and Zach Randolph is a double-double machine. Is this the team no one wants to face in the playoffs?
Rebirth by The Bay
Stephen Curry, David Lee and a slew of young stars have the Warriors out to their strongest start in years. Will Golden State stay in the race?
Call of the Wild
Now that the Wolves have both Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love in the lineup, does Minnesota have legit hopes of ending its long playoff drought?
Prospective Grizzlies owner Robert Pera has reportedly recruited Justin Timberlake to be co-owner of the team. Timberlake's a Memphis native and apparently plans to be a significant presence in the Grizzlies' operations. First Jay-Z with the Brooklyn Nets, now Timberlake with the Grizzlies; might the celebrity co-owner become the cool thing to do among new NBA ownership groups?
Timberlake or Jay-Z?
Neither Jay-Z nor Timberlake will likely own a significant part of his respective team, but both will be invaluable from a PR standpoint.
We can understand if you don't want to take the time to grade your tech-support help on the other end of the telephone, but when we're talking about the dollars and emotion you've invested in sports, we think it's worth the effort. It's time for ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, in which SportsNation grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. Which team will end up on top this year? It depends on what you say.
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2010 MLB Ultimate Standings
1. Los Angeles Angels (Overall: No. 3)
2. Tampa Bay Rays (Overall: No. 6)
3. Colorado Rockies (Overall: No. 13)
4. Minnesota Twins (Overall: No. 14)
5. Atlanta Braves (Overall: No. 15)
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2010 NFL Ultimate Standings
1. New Orleans Saints (Overall: No. 1)
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4. Arizona Cardinals (Overall: No. 19)
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1. Orlando Magic (Overall: No. 2)
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1. Pittsburgh Penguins (Overall: No. 5)
2. Detroit Red Wings (Overall: No. 8)
3. Washington Capitals (Overall: No. 11)
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5. Chicago Blackhawks (Overall: No. 16)