With all of the shuffling of guards this past week, a lot of players have been flying under the radar. Anthony Randolph is a player that has always intrigued me. He stands at 6'11 and is athletically gifted, but has yet to put all the tools together to become a star player many thought he would blossom into.
With Minnesota denying his qualifying offer next season at $4mil, he has become an unrestricted free agent. News on him has been pretty quiet other than Dallas showing interest in him. So with all that being said, Im trying to put all bias aside and find out what his value would be in others eyes,
Stats last season: 7.4ppg, 3.6reb, 1.0blk in 15mins per game. Once Love went down he got more playing time and put up: 14.25ppg, 6.6reb, 2.75blk in 26mins in the final 8 games.
Obviously he puts up respectable numbers when he gets playing time. My questions are, what teams go for him, what type of money does he command, and would you personally want him on your team if you had the cap space?
Speaking personally, I would love to see him in Cleveland running with Kyrie. He seems like the type of player Cleveland needs to take a chance on, and would probably being an ideal situation for him to flourish in while splitting time with Thompson and Varejao. To me, if he is willing to come to Cleveland, I would give him a 3yr 15mil with options on the back end for more money. Thoughts?
I guess I forgot about him too. He really needs a change of scenary. I also think the Cavs could use him. Irving could get him good shots, and I think he would be a good big man in the Varejao, Zeller, and TT rotation.
The Heat have been sort of quiet, and I think they could use a young guy with promise. They passed on Perry Jones in the draft so he might be a good replacement. Anthony Randolph can learn from Haslem, Battier, Bosh, and LeBron. Randolph could play any three front court positions.
A Chalmers, Wade, LeBron, Randolph, and Bosh lineup would be too tempting to pass up.
I could also see him being a great addition for the Lakers. Their starting lineup is loaded but they aren't too deep. Anthony Randolph could give them some scoring, rebounding, and shot blocking off the bench at either forward spot. Steve Nash would be a perfect point guard for Anthony Rsndolph. I could see the Lakers going with an ultra-big frontline with Randolph at the 3, Pau at the 4, and Bynum at the five.
I would like to see Randolph go to the Celtics, he could learn a thing or two from KG and play alongside a great PG in Rondo. Its highly unlikely though with Fab Melo, Sullinger, Bass, Steimsma and JJJ as their big men there.
Why do MOST think ever player thats being traded or a free agent is a fit for Miami? Not saying Randolph doesnt fit Miami Tho.
And while he has no real skill on offense he's always been effective as a player when given time (look at his per 36 numbers) . He just needs to go to a team where he can consistently get 20+ MPG or be a starter. Maybe go to Charlotte or Brooklyn . Maybe Orlando, LAL. He could get some decent time on those teams