NBA Roundtable

Marko Jaric Trade Request

In Trade Talk on September 30, 2009 at 10:06 am

ESPN reports

Memphis Grizzlies guard Marko Jaric is expected to seek a contract buyout from the Grizzlies if a team willing to trade for Jaric can’t be found, his agent said Monday.

The Grizzlies announced earlier Monday that they have given agent Bill Duffy permission to search for a new home for Jaric after the sides mutually agreed that the 30-year-old would not attend Memphis’ training camp in Birmingham, Ala, or play in preseason games.

In 53 games, Jaric averaged just 2.6 points in 11.4 minutes per game and shot 33.1 percent from the field.

“This is pretty much a mutual thing,” Jaric’s agent, Bill Duffy, said Monday. “Very much cooperative between the Grizzlies and us. We would also likely consider a buyout if a trade is not tenable. This just gives us freedom to look around.”

Chris Wallace adds

In a statement issued as part of the club’s media day program, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said: “With the offseason additions of Allen Iverson, Marcus Williams and Sam Young, our backcourt has become crowded. “Therefore we have agreed with Marko Jaric and his representatives that he is permitted to seek out another situation that will provide him with a better opportunity to play. Marko is a proven NBA player and is deserving of such an opportunity.”

Jaric — due to earn $7.1 million this season and $7.6 million next season — is not the only veteran who has been cleared to skip camp with his current team in hopes of landing elsewhere.

Jaric’s Trade Value

Marko Jaric has negative trade value. The Grizzlies will only be able to move him if they agree to take back a worse contract, or if they agree to part with some of their assets.

Relative to his talents — minimum contract worthy + non-rotation player — Marko Jaric is grossly overpaid. There won’t be a market for him.

The best case scenario is that Memphis finds an equally useful (useless?) player who is being paid a comparable amount, and manages to swap the players. It’ll have no impact for either team, but it’ll keep folks happy. That said, I’m struggling to think of another player as bad as Marko who’s earning as much money as Marko is.

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