In an interview with a Houston newspaper, Memphis Grizzlies forward Shane Battier talked about his upcoming free agency and where he sees his new team in the NBA pecking order.

"Houston is a franchise in transition. From a talent standpoint, Memphis is going to be a force to deal with for a few years," he said. "Talent wins. You can have all the rah-rah you can muster, but at the end of the day in the NBA, talent wins."