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(AP) — Before the All-Star break, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera expressed confidence that a pair of trades have put his team in a good position.

The Grizzlies have found their stride lately with three straight wins, and two recently acquired players will try to help add to that run when they face their former Detroit Pistons teammates for the first time Tuesday night.

In his first press conference in Memphis since being introduced in November, Pera said last week that the deals that sent leading scorer Rudy Gay to Toronto on Jan. 30 and three reserves to Cleveland on Jan. 22 were more than just getting the team under the luxury tax threshold.

“With the latest trades, the personnel moves, how the team is constructed, I think it has the potential to be the best Grizzlies team yet,” Pera said. “I really like how the pieces now fit kind of the traditional inside-out game. I think if they jell, then hopefully this could be the best playoff run yet.”

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