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Report: Grizzlies listening to offers for Zach Randolph, too

Jan 8, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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I don’t think this is going to happen. At this time of year teams listen to all sorts of trade ideas, gauging the value of their players and seeing if one in 100 might stick and work.

But while shopping Rudy Gay around the league pretty hard, they may also open to the idea of a Zach Randolph trade, reports the Commercial Appeal.

Griz CEO Jason Levien, whom principal owner Robert Pera has entrusted to run the franchise, is gauging the value of several players on the roster. There also have been exploratory trade conversations centered on forward Zach Randolph. The Sacramento Kings are one of the teams that the Griz recently held preliminary talks with, according to a league source.

That would clearly be some kind of DeMarcus Cousins deal, and is highly, highly unlikely as Kings ownership doesn’t really want to move him.

What this shows is that Memphis’ new ownership and front office is looking to shake things up. They see a roster that can make the playoffs but likely not win the West and they want to shake it up.

Still, any trade of Randolph is highly unlikely. Gay, yes, he will get moved, if not at the deadline than next summer. But the Grizzlies are just doing their due diligence and are listening to offers. And Randolph certainly would have interest.

But you are going to have to blow the Grizzlies away with an offer to get Randolph.

  1. ebrownwareagle - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    LA needs to put together a package that would send D12, Artest and another piece to Memphis for Gay and Randolph.

  2. nycalldayz - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I guess this is what happens when u hire John Hollinger.

    • saint1997 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      I was wondering if that had something to do with it. However at one of the MIT Stats conferences they said that the best combo was a passing scoring big man and a versatile jumpshooting rebounding 3. If that is true then why would they want to move Gay?

  3. bengzki - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Such crazy ideas, poor Memphis. Aren’t this owner(s) understand that their team only lost by a single game in a seven game series in last two seasons in which both of those games are fairly close. All they need now is sustainability, not massive change. Get all of them healthy and 100% first then evaluate.

  4. saint1997 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Why would they shop a top 4 power forward for the sake of ‘shaking things up’? It would be very unlikely to get equal value for that…

  5. superseahawk - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    nycalldayz

    Agreed, Hollinger is going to flex his numbers all over the place until Marc Gasol is playing by himself.

  6. musician0785 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    they can have his brother back lmao

  7. mungman69 - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Instead of “shaking things up” Memphis should try to add that piece to put them in striking distance.

  8. fanofevilempire - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    another nba team that won’t play their players.

  9. felisberto - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Zach Randolph for Gasol

  10. unxpexted1 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Like i said on another post, see what this team can do in the playoffs when healthy first. The last two years one of their stars have been hurt during playoff time. If they are healthy and they lose out in the first round then cool. But at least see what the teams ceiling is.

  11. solomon151 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    I’ll trade Boozer and Rip and a draft pick for Randolph!!!

  12. borderline1988 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    I don’t understand this…The Grizzlies can compete with any team in the NBA in my opinion. That front line is incredible. They are maybe one scoring 2 guard away from being the best team in the West.
    Why not try to win it all with this roster?
    Money I guess.

  13. urboial - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Grizzlies owner is all the way retorted and cheap for trying to trade his 2 star players to get back below average players D.cousins…. Wait …. It’s coming…. ROFL!!!!!

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