Now that Rudy Gay is headed to Toronto, that leaves Zach Randolph as the big earner in Memphis -- he's guaranteed $17.8 million next season and has a $16.5 million option for 2014-15. With the Grizzlies acquiring 23-year-old power forward Ed Davis as part of the trade, though, we have to wonder if Randolph could follow Gay out the door.
Davis is coming into his own this season, his third in the league, averaging of 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in just over 24 minutes a game. He's had to split time with Amir Johnson his entire time in Toronto, and will again be relegated to a backup role in Memphis as long as Randolph is there.
Now, the Grizzlies don't have to deal Randolph -- today's trade puts them well below the luxury tax for next season -- but it's conceivable that they might entertain the idea of swapping the veteran power forward for a greater need (perhaps a shooting guard?) either this year or next, and moving ahead with Davis as the starter at the 4. Davis and Randolph's player efficiency ratings are very comparable -- Davis is at 18.19 and Randolph at 18.77 entering Wednesday -- however Davis is due to earn only $3.15 million next season, less than a fifth of what Randolph will bring in.
What wing players might make be available in a trade for Randolph? Tyreke Evans is certainly one that comes to mind. J.J. Redick and/or Arron Afflalo could probably be obtained in the right package. Other names to consider: Avery Bradley, Monta Ellis, Nick Young, Thaddeus Young, Andre Iguodala, Marcus Thornton and Vince Carter.
(From ESPN, weird link on phone)
Anyone see Zach Randolph going? I personally think trading him could be what launches Memphis into championship contention.
If Affalo is available, the Bulls better be inquiring. Still waiting for them to find the answer at SG.
Afflalo might be available? I hadn't heard that before.. He ought to be pretty well sought after, he's one of the most consistently performing SG's night innight out in the league.. If this is true I hope the wolves give your bulls a run for their money..
I don't know why they would trade both Gay and Randolph. I thought it came down to deciding which one they wanted to trade to get under the luxury tax. There are not too many guys in the league that can do what Z-Bo does.
I think they will just decide to let David develop into the successor for Randolph: in two years they can decide to extend Davis and let Randolph walk. And I agree that they shouldn't move Z-Bo: he's really effective in the half-court (important for play-offs) and also in combination with Gasol.
I wouldnt blame them for deal Zach, who I loved from his Blazer days. They pretty much has locked up a playoff spot, so maybe getting Ed Davis starter minutes finally, this experience will help him out a lot. They will have to get back depth though so that they do not suck to the point that they lose their way out of the playoffs. Not sure who out there would want to add Randolph's contract though. Not saying he's overpaid, but no trade comes to mind. You mention Affalo and Evans, but I just dont see either the Kings or Magics being interested.
I would trade Z-Bo and get something good out of him (6th man-caliber perimeter player?). The Grizzlies went this far to trade Gay, they might as well go full circle and make more changes for the next few seasons.
Also, It's clear Ed Davis is the future 4 for them and in order for him to be that, he must get minutes. You already have Z-Bo and Darell Arthur, whom are both already familiar with the system intact, ahead of Davis in minutes.That is, unless either Davis or Arthur come off the bench as a center, which is neither of their positions.
What would you guys say about trading Zach to the Kings for Thornton, Hayes and Garcia? Garcia is on the last year of his contract, meaning the trade would give the griz more money room, Thornton is a great off the bench scorer who love to hit big shots, and Hayes can help Davis develope and contribute with his defense.
I like the idea of them going after Thornton, since they would get a desperately needed perimeter player who could get their own shot off, but I think the Grizzlies would command a lot more for one of the league's premier power forwards.
They are already in much better financial room then they already were with the two recent deals.
I think they should be looking to add solid shooting/a playmaking guard off the bench.
As already mentioned the one thing they certainly lost with the subtraction of Gay is a playmaking guard. I wish the Magic were more interested in Z-Bo but I can't see any reason why they should be.
Tyreke and Jimmer too much for Randolph?
I would think a team like the Grizzlies would be more interested in Thornton than Reke. Evans injuries and inconsistancies might be a big turn off, along with him becoming a restricted free agent this summer. Thornton would give them better perimeter scoring and a guard who can make plays if needed. Plus the fact that salaries would match strangly with the Evans + Jimmer trade, they would have to take on anothe player, like Salmons.
They will still make the playoffs,i like the addition of Prince,he's a savvy veteran,play solid defense and he can hit outside shots..But he wont be getting double team like Rudy use to.....Which will now put added pressure on Gasol & Z Bo,becuz of the lack of outside shooters.....
Those SOB new owners will have this franchise back at the top of the lottery in 2 years...Hollins has displayed his frustration in public and now wants out...That trade was like a PUNCH in the GUT to team members,this was 1 of the most closest teams in the nba,everyone got along so well, now it's going to take them some time to get over this...Rumor have Randolph will be gone this summer if they can find a taker..... They'll still surprise some people in the playoffs,but i think Z Bo and Hollins will be gone this summer...
I feel like they blew-up their championship chances by giving up Rudy Gay. They'll still be a good team but I dont think they intimidate anybody anymore. If they were to trade Zach Randolph (which would be soooooo stupid) it would be clear evidence that they are only interested in playing for the future instead of trying to win now.
Player efficiency rating doesn't equal the players production, just there efficiency. To think that Ed Davis is = to Zach Randolph as a player is a ludicrous statement. Z-Bo is a beast in the low post, those things are like dinosaurs nowadays, only rich Russians have them.
Throwing the ball into Zach and Gasol will help their offense, it my opinion that there should never be three straight non fast break possessions that go by without Zach getting a touch on the low block. I love Gasol on the high post but he needs more touches on the low block also. Zach and Gasol make a lot of money and they can only be worth it if they are let to earn it.
I'm so-so on the trade and I get it from all sides. I would have taken Larry Sanders and Tobias Harris instead. Prince is a good fit though and will be getting some set shots in the inside out game Memphis will be featuring more. So will Austin Daye but I would have rather had Jerebko.