He's 29 avg a double double. Low block 1st option on offense. They think he will go to a contender to show off his skills for a 4-5 yr suitor. Some places he could go.
Back to Indy?
He's in a tough part of his career.
1. He's 29 meaning, he'll start going downhill talentwise.
2. This guy has always had locker room problems because of off court/on court problems, the only reason teams wanted him was because he was decently young and very skilled but now that he's not young and his skills will start to deteriorate, who is going to want him? (The A.I effect)
3. After he signs his new contract, will he go back to being the same ol ZBo. The lazy overweight player who keeps getting in trouble? Or will he continue to be a 20-12 All-Star snub?
As a Rockets fan, I wouldn't want him, especially because we have Luis Scola who is basically the same player just thinner and a harder worker.
Indianapolis isn't going to be a destination as long as Larry Bird is there, I mean cmon, not even Lance Stephenson gets playing time there.
I don't think New Jersey needs him, the way Kris Humphries is playing and they wouldn't want him to stump the growth of prospect Derrick Favors.
And Golden State wouldn't be a good location because they have David Lee and because they play a faster style, which I don't think ZBo will fit in.
I would love to see him go to the Orlando Magic maybe. A package of guys like Brandon Bass and Jameer Nelson could probably get him there.
he never played there
not sure if any of those teams are really good options for him. Houston has Scola, GS has Lee, and I don't think any player wants to go to NJ this season to be honest...Randolph, since going to Memphis, has been a model citizen apparently and he loves the city and the city loves him. It's just bad that management can't make up there mind if they want him or not. Personally, if Z-Bo ended up on The Thunder somehow for a package of Jeff Green, Harden, and some expiring contracts, that would be a perfect fit. But then what would Memphis do with two players who play the 3 (with Rudy and Jeff Green)
Another interesting spot would be the Bucks, who are in the hunt but they been struggling offensively this season. I think the Bucks depend too much on Bogut but if Bogut had a legit player who can take pressure off Bogut to score, this team would be very legit and they can give him a 3-4 contract too. Jennings, Bogut, and Z-Bo plus good shooters like Delfino, Salmons, and CDR would be solid IMO
Word, I was confused with the Indiana comment.
The best team for both sides is Atlanta. If I was Memphis, I would want Jordan Crawford, Marvin Williams and a 1st round pick in 2011 for him THEN move O.J. Mayo
I think it's because he was born, raised, and played high school ball at Indiana.
Here is trade idea:
Memphis trades Randolph and Mayo. Memphis receives Harden, Green, Ibaka, Peterson, and Ivey. Lineup: Conley(Vasquez), Harden(Henry), Gay(Green), Ibaka(Arthur), Gasol(Thabeet). Yes, Green is pretty much in the same position he was in at OKC but he can still play the 3 or 4 here, and can get more time at the 3 when Gay is at the 2.
OKC trades Harden, Green, Ibaka, Peterson, and Ivey. OKC receives Randolph and Mayo. Lineup: Westbrook(Maynor), Mayo(Sefalosha), Durant(Cook), Randolph(White), Collison(Krstic).
At Atlanta there has always been the thought that Al Horford is perhaps more a PF so if they did move Marvin Williams they might move Josh Smith over to SF, Horford to PF and sign a defensive C. The likes of Dalambert, Chandler etc spring to mind.
I like the Bucks for Z-Bo if Memphis don't resign him. The Thunder could use an inside presence but would Z-Bo's past still put them off and teams like Sacramento may need an experienced front courter but Z-Bo and Cousins could be a bad influence on each other. Other teams thar may consider Z-Bo could possibly include Detroit or as a real long shot Phoenix.
Teams looking at Z-Bo may well also consider David West who is a similar age and gives similar output. The Pacers may well look at someone like David West if Z-Bo doesn't fit their player criteria or evenZ-Bo to NOH if David West got a bigger deal elsewhere perhaps.?
I like the trade, but I think the Thunder would try to do anything to keep Ibaka. He's a very good defender down low and can eventually be their starting center. At this point, I would consider Ibaka as untouchable as Durant, Westbrook, and Sefolosha.
I would consider Ibaka as untouchable as Durant, Westbrook, and Sefolosha.
Really? REALLY? First of all, even if Ibaka OR seflosha are considered untouchable (which in seflosha's case, he almost definitely isnt), neither of them are anwhere NEAR as untouchable as Durant and Westbrook. Durant and Westbrook are the same age or younger than the other two and already are stars. Seflosha will never be anything more than a glorified specialist, and i agree on Ibaka's potential, but he is never going to be Durant or Westbrook.
Well sometimes you gotta give up guys to get guys. You replace Harden with Mayo and you replace Green and Ibaka with Randolph. Memphis probably won't trade Randolph unless they are getting a replacement for him in return because i don't think Arthur is the answer. Also, I wouldn't say Ibaka is untradable. Yes, they wouldn't look to trade him, but I think they would still part with him if the right deal came up.
I think the Magic have the best chance of getting Z-bo because they are a contender, and they are in need of Power 4 like Randolph. His attitude and locker room presence is questionable, but the Magic were able to handle Rashard Lewis for so long so they can handle Randolph too. I really believe that he will go to a contender because his veteran value will be greatly affected by his locker room presence. Young teams need (like Atlanta) may need him but his locker room presence is too much of a risk. It might mess the chemistry up, and that is the last thing a young team wants. But the Magic have nothing to lose. They have the coach that is necessary to handle him, they still have a good team without him if he plays poorly because of the big contract. And Howard will be elated to have a front court player like him. Randolph is just what the Magic need. So here is the trade that I propose:
Memphis could also benefit pretty well from this trade. They will 3 veteran players. (Bass isn't really a veteran but he sure plays like one) Nelson would be an excellent backup to Conley and if Conley plays poorly again, Memphis can start Nelson and won't loose a thing!!! When Z-Bo leaves I expect Darrell Arthur to get the start. He played great earlier this season when Z-bo was hurt so it might work. But if not, once again Memphis can start Bass and also won't lose a thing!!! And then Richardson fills the void as a backup 3, and could really help Gay and Henry continue improving and the rest of this team as well. Richardson will be really happy for the added minutes. (He barely plays with the Magic. Him and Pietrus basically received the same amount of minutes before Pietrus was traded, and still does)
Both teams are greatly benefitted by this trade!
I actually like the Randolph on Indy's team I think they would make the Pacers the 8th legitimate playoff team in the East with Collison, Granger, Hibbert, and ZBo, that's a very skilled lineup who would almost certainly make a playoff push and give Pacer fans hope going into next season. And Randolph hasn't really had any off court problems in awhile and even when he was having them his production never faltered I always thought he got more slack then he deserved because when the game is being played he always gives it his all. You don't get the amount of rebounds he get's by slacking.
I like Z-Bo for the Pacers but would Larry Bird who seems to like Blue Chip guys take a chance on Z-Bo on what would be a hefty contract. I suppose you could put some years in as team options in return for a more generous contract and with Grainger at SF, Z-Bo at PF and Roy Hibbert at C then the Pacers have a good core there to go forward from with the likes of Paul George and any other rookies still having nice upside.
Z-Bo alongside Dwight Howard would also be a good fit but could Orlando carry all the required salary and with Arenas and Z-Bo on the same roster that might not be a good move for either party.
I think the Magic try to surround Dwight with guys who can shoot and don't clog the lane for him, and being that Z-Bo is a low post player, I don't think it will work that well. There is a reason why Orlando has/had guys like Rashard, Hedo, Carter, Richardson, Anderson, and Reddick.
Z-Bo is a negative unless you are feeding him constantly in the post and if you are feeding him constantly in the post it probably means that you are at best a mediocre team. No contender is going to want to bring him in as a "first option" and he doesn't make any sense as anything other than a first option. Even if he isn't the first option, I think he just calls his own number and goes to town. Put him on the Magic and watch him to tell Hedo and Howard to just stand in the corner while Z-Bo shoots the rock. That is why he always scores so much no matter where he goes, but generally his teams win just as many games when he leaves or when he is out.
I will tell you where he should go. He should go to Cleveland and make them a real NBA team again. Z's got the game to do that. He just isn't going to get you into the playoffs.