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Report: Grizzlies shopping Zach Randolph around, want deal with Pelicans

Dec 13, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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Zach Randolph can, and likely will, become a free agent next summer. He is owed $16.9 million but at age 32 he may want the security of a longer deal even if he takes a little less per year to get it.

Which means if you’re Memphis you may not be able to keep the big man that has been one of the anchors of your two-bigs approach, the one that has taken you to the conference finals twice.

So the Grizzlies are shopping him around reports Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report — but what they are asking seems far too high a price.

Several sources said the Grizzlies are currently shopping power forward Zach Randolph, and two of them are hearing there’s a destination and main trade piece involved: New Orleans and stretch-4 Ryan Anderson, who’s averaging a team-high 21.7 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting from three-point range.

“A trade centered around Randolph and Anderson should happen down the line this season,” one source said.

That sounds like a very Grizzlies-focused source (and Zwerling updated his story to suggest New Orleans isn’t into this).

Everybody thinks the Pelicans are eager to give up Anderson — they are not. He’s arguably the best stretch four in the game and they have him locked up for two seasons after this at a very reasonable $17 million total.

Plus Anderson and Anthony Davis pair very well — the Pelicans are +12.2 points per 48 minutes when those two played together this season. The team had an offensive rating of 118 (points per 100 possessions) when they were paired and were +10.3 per 100 possessions. When Anderson and Davis were both healthy is when New Orleans looked good and went on a little run. New Orleans wants to see what happens when they get all five of their best players healthy and going together for a while.

All of which is to say don’t bet on Anderson getting moved (and if he does a team is going to have to blow the Pelicans’ doors off to do it).

But expect to hear a lot of Randolph rumors.

Memphis is not going to pay the luxury tax and they may not be able to lock up Randolph long term (and Marc Gasol, who becomes a free agent in the summer of 2015). The Lakers Pau Gasol said he would be open to coming back to Memphis to play with his brother, which is to say Grizzlies will have options.

Just something to watch.

  1. cakemixa - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    In order for a trade to be believable, it needs to benefit both sides. Since when did Bleacher Report become a legitimate site?

  2. stadix093 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Every Rocket fan just had a panic attack

    • halfbaht - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Rockets fans need a reality check if they think they’re getting Anderson. He’s staying put. Sorry Houston

      • stadix093 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        I hope so. I’m not a NO fan and I hate the rockets, but I want to see how far him and Davis can go. This team can be fun.

  3. rawdog2013 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    David Lee and a draft pick, if we have the cap room which I’m not sure of.
    Either way, Myers should be reaching out.

  4. moseskkim - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Memphis has struggled and z-bo is an expendable piece. You have koufos, Ed Davis, leuer. Three solid bigs and you obviously cannot let gasol go. Memphis needs some help on the wing. Maybe a trade to Charlotte for a sg/sf I dunno but z-bo is definitely not needed in memphis anymore but could help some teams without a quality 4.

  5. brianscalabrine - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I know Memphis is not wanting to pay the luxury tax and is focused on advanced stats with that Hollinger guy in there now, but Grizz fans better hope this team drafts well or that Ed Davis develops into a very high-quality big. The Rudy Gay trade was smart because he is just and overrated SF that takes a ton of long 2-pointers. If they trade Randolph, they are essentially dismantling what made this team successful the past couple of years.

    A team featuring Conley and Gasol is a first-round exit every year unless they improve the supporting cast. People don’t realize what makes them so good is that (when the team is healthy) Marc Gasol operates at the free throw line almost every possession. He can shoot that jumper or play high-low with Randolph. Without that post-up PF this team is average.

    It just seems like the front office is using “we are valuing stats now” as an excuse to go cheap and dump payroll at the expense of W’s.

  6. ryanrockzzz - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I would trust nothing from the Bleacher Report.

    • JHathwell - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Get with the times. Bleacher Report hired a bunch of real writers and everything.

  7. homergreenz - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I love the blog Kurt, but c’mon this is pretty funny:

    Report: Grizzlies shopping Zach Randolph around, want deal with Pelicans
    Kurt Helin
    Dec 13, 2013, 11:20 AM EST

    The Lakers Pau Gasol said he would be open to coming back to Memphis to play with his brother, which is to say Grizzlies will have options.

    Pau Gasol expresses frustration with D’Antoni offense. Lakers have to think trade.
    Kurt Helin
    Dec 13, 2013, 12:25 PM EST

    The Lakers simply need to look at moving Gasol — and Gasol said he would be open to that… All-Stars like Zach Randolph are not coming back to L.A. in a deal.

  8. 00maltliquor - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Grizzlies are stupid.

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