When the Memphis Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, there were rumors that immediately started to swirl over the futures of just about everyone else on the team. Zach Randolph is one of the men that could be moved by the trade deadline, but if we had to make our NBA predictions on his future, he’s going to be staying right here in Memphis.
Randolph just means too much to the Grizz to trade him now. They are still a competitive team, in fifth place in the Western Conference playoff chase, and they’re coming back home for three straight home games starting on Friday night against the Golden State Warriors.
Randolph is also the team’s leading scorer (15.7 PPG) and rebounder (11.7 PPG). The big man had three awful games in a row against the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Washington Wizards. In those games, he put up just a total of 20 points with seven turnovers. In the two games since then though, Randolph has really settled down and put together more Zach Randolph-like numbers, averaging 20.5 points and 10.0 boards per game with just a total of two turnovers in those outings.
Memphis has done everything that it can to shed salary to avoid the league’s luxury tax, and by trading Gay, that goal is done. We just have a terrible time seeing how Randolph would get moved unless there was another big piece to the puzzle coming back in return. Perhaps a team like the Los Angeles Lakers could be involved to send off Pau Gasol to Memphis, but after Gasol was injured on Tuesday night, it seems less and less likely that the two Gasol brothers will be reunited in Memphis.
Finding another trading partner with Randolph as the key cog of the deal is surely going to be difficult with just two weeks left to go until the trading deadline.