Austin Daye decided to share his feelings with his Twitter followers Thursday.
"On the flight to Memphis now very excited about this new beginning! #GritNGrind #GrizzNation," he wrote.
That enthusiasm was a bit more muted in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse locker room Wednesday night following the Pistons' loss to the Pacers.
He received word of the trade before the game when he was called into coach Lawrence Frank's office. Daye and Tayshaun Prince are headed to Memphis in a deal that brings point guard Jose Calderon to Detroit.
Daye will be leaving friends, but he looks at the trade as an opportunity to revive his career.
"I'm looking at it as a negative and a positive," he said. "The negative is I'm moving away from a city that was good to me and I also got a lot of friends, but there are a lot of positives.
"To go to a team that has a winning record, to get experience from those guys and they have veterans over there and a great coach in Lionel Hollins. I've known him for some time. He's a great coach. He knows his X's and O's very well. He knows how to win."
Daye, 24, could benefit from playing with the Grizzlies' dominating frontline of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Their presence should yield open looks.
Daye has 2 1/2 months to persuade the Grizzlies to pick up his qualifying offer in June, which would make him a restricted free agent -- meaning the Grizzlies likely would bring him back.
Austin Daye will miss friends, but eyes career revival with Grizzlies
Detroit Free Press | Feb 1