Coaching change or not, there are rival executives out there who believe that the Grizzlies will ultimately be forced to look hard at trading Mayor of Memphis, Zach Randolph, if they want to commission a serious shake-up that leads to a roster infusion of youth and athleticism. As shocking to the system as that would be for many Memphians, Randolph is the player on the roster most likely to fetch a difference-maker in return. So we have to keep a lookout for that as well, should the Grizz decide they need to make a more drastic move than their interest in Mario Chalmers we reported earlier this week.
April 30, 2016 | 5:36 pm EDT Update
“Coach [Stevens] definitely said [he wants me back],” said Turner. “He said he’ll be pushing for me and everything like that. And that’s pretty much it. But there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on right now. I understand it. And I understand what’s going to occur, with the draft picks and the young guys trying to develop and trying to get a superstar, stuff like that. I definitely comprehend it.” After going through exit interviews with Celtics brass on Friday, Turner said that a winning organization is at the top of his offseason wish list. He said “money’s cool” but he prefers a situation where he can play and compete for a title.
Probed about his impending free agency on Friday, Turner noted he doesn’t like to fly, so he’s not planning any sort of league-wide trek to meet with interested teams. And he’s not obsessing about how things will ultimately play out. “I don’t really know what I think about during the day, but it’s not [free agency],” said Turner. “It’ll be cool. Once again, I’ll stay out of trouble until then, and try to keep bettering myself and growing.”
Jeff Goodman: Kansas guard Wayne Selden has been invited to the NBA combine, his agent Neal Rosenshein told ESPN.