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Report: Grizzlies turning down Zach Randolph offers, would rather add small forward

Feb 8, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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With Marc Gasol back in the line-up and great fit on the perimeter in Courtney Lee, the Memphis Grizzlies look like a threat in the West again. They can defend with the best in the league, the question has always been if they can generate enough offense come the postseason.

They are looking around at the trade deadline for someone who can help them do that.

Which means you can forget about them shipping out Zach Randolph — who can opt out and be a free agent this summer — rather the Grizzlies are looking to be buyers not sellers at the deadline, reports Sam Amick at USA Today.

The Grizzlies aren’t necessarily among the more active teams, but they are known to be perusing their rivals’ rosters in search of an upgrade at the small forward spot. Veteran Tayshaun Prince is having the worst of his 12 seasons as a starter, averaging just 6.0 points (38% shooting overall, 29.5% from three-point range), 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 26.7 minutes a game….

Forward and possible free agent-to-be Zach Randolph has yet to say whether he plans to opt out this summer but has made it widely known that he wants to return. In turn, it appears the Grizzlies have no plans of trading him.

The Suns were reportedly interested in Randolph, who has a $16.9 million option for next season, but the Grizzlies are wisely going to stick with the guys they have. They made the conference finals last season and could be improved this year (although in a deeper, tougher West).

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Lee has given the Grizzlies a boost at the wing with his shooting (and he can defend in their system) and if Memphis can upgrade that spot they become a much more dangerous team in the West.

It’s very possible Memphis does nothing at the deadline, but watch them. This team is already a tough out in the playoffs and a little more shooting and shot creation on the wing makes them a threat to any team in the conference.

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    I don’t get why the Griz would ever want to get rid of Randolph. He’s a machine in the post and seems like he grabs every rebound. There’s only 5-10 players in the league like him (Love, D Lee, Al Jefferson, Griffin, Duncan, etc). He has an expiring contract and they can resttructure his deal and lock him up for only $10 million for about 3 years.

    Prince has become really bad. He can’t play D anymore like he used to and hesitates wayy too much with the ball. He never makes quick decisions and can’t spread the floor. Losing Pondexter really hurt them and Prince is the only player they really need to look to move/replace.

    • mikerome64 - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Did you not read the article? The Grizz have no interest in trading Zach.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        If you follow NBA basketball at all, he was constantly part of trade rumors, not just this season, but at least the past year or two.

        The Griz deciding to keep Zach is a new story. Ugh I don’t know why I waste time with noobs…

  2. raycharlesj - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    If the Grizz, got rid of Z-Bo their journey to the “Dark” side (losing side) would truly be complete!!!

  3. turkbox420 - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    The Grizzlies have been 1 of the most consistently great teams in the NBA and it seems like mgmt does not want to win a title. They could have kept Rudy Gay and possibly beat the Spurs last playoffs, then traded him in the summer for anyone.

    These new owners/Hollinger are horrible. They canned a top 5 coach that took them to the WCF and exceeded their expectations year after year. He got rid of players like Wroten, Poindexter, Gay, Speights, Darrell Arthur (Memphis Tiger and probably had his own fan base there), and many more.

    It makes me question if they want to be a contender or a farm team. They matched up perfect to Miami until trading Gay. Rudy is hated on a lot but on that team he added something no one else does. He could score off the dribble, get fast break points, match up to Lebron and score on Lebron. Tayshawn just stands in one spot. Prince had a good series vs the clippers in the playoffs, but other than that he is a significant downgrade.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Gay hurt the Griz way more than he helped. The Grizzlies need to play inside out and Rudy’s chucking didn’t allow them to play to their strengths. Rudy Gay matches up with Lebron on paper, and that’s all.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      In 17 career games against Rudy Gay, LeBron has averaged 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists per game on 55% shooting per Pro Basketball Reference.

      In addition, not only did the Grizzlies begin playing better after trading away Rudy Gay, but the Toronto Raptors also began playing better after trading away Rudy Gay.

      The numbers don’t back up anything you wrote.

    • thebigjesterr - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Rudy Gay is a garbage player. He is overrated, and nowhere near worthy of a max contract. Trading him was one of the best things the Grizzlies have done.The Grizzlies are are a defensive minded, teamwork oriented team. Rudy Gay plays no defense whatsoever, and only passes the ball when there is no way possible for him to throw up a stupid shot. Yes, Rudy can score, but he does nothing else. He also does not shoot at a good percentage. He just takes a lot of shots. He ignores teammates who are open, and puts up low percentage shots. When you combine the wasted shots with the fact that he plays no defense, he actually costs the team points when he’s on the court. The Grizzlies stats speak for themselves. They improved in almost every category when Gay left the team.

    • martiba - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Good Lord! How many incorrect things can you post in one response? Let’s count:
      1) Others have expounded on the shortcomings of Rudy Gay, so I will leave it at this: the Grizzlies never would have made it to the Conference Finals last year if Rudy was still on the team. Plus, they WOULD be trying to trade Z-Bo now due to Gay’s inflated salary that previous management outbid themselves to bestow upon him.
      2) Lionel Hollins was NOT “canned.” His contract expired and they chose not to resign the coach who publicly criticized their philiosophy.
      3) It’s Pondexter, not Poindexter
      4) Speaking of which, they didn’t get rid of Q-Pon – he is injured. How can a Grizzlies expert such as yourself not know that?
      5) Darrell Arthur is NOT a Memphis Tiger – he is a Kansas Jayhawk. In fact, he was on the team that beat the University of Memphis for the National Championship.
      6) Although you didn’t explicity state it, your inclusion of Speights and Wroten on this list suggests you think they are useful pieces. They are not. Wroten is terrible, and they flipped Speights for a more athletic Speights with better range (Jon Leuer).
      7) Your final error is an error of omission: not mentioning how ownership traded Jerryd Bayless – the backup point guard who can’t run an offense or the backup shooting guard who can’t shoot – for Courtney Lee, who has been so good since coming over, he’s almost made some fans forget about their favorite player, Tony Allen.

      Oh yeah, by the way, if we still had Rudy, we also would not have been able to resign TA.

      But aside from all that, your post was spot-on. I hope management listens to you so they can figure out how to run a franchise… #sarcasmfont

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