HoopsHype Zach Randolph + Trade rumors

February 8, 2014 Updates
February 7, 2014 Updates

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. USA Today Sports

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Just as he is being honored by Kia Motors and the NBA with the November Community Assist Award in recognition of his charitable efforts and contributions in the community, the rumor mill keeps churning out trade talk that the Grizzlies are looking to find him a new home. The latest has him going to the Pelicans for Ryan Anderson. “Go figure,” Z-Bo said following the Grizzlies shootaround at New Orleans Arena on Friday. “Memphis is a place that I’ve come to love and call home and it’s where I would definitely like to retire. I haven’t made any secret of that. Everybody out there knows how I feel. “I look at it like this: I understand it’s a business. I really do understand that. This is a small market team and money plays a factor. I understand all that. It’s different now. I don’t know if it’s just changes in (salary cap) rules or just a change in the way of the world. Like I said, it’s a business. NBA.com

“But yeah, it bothers me. It hurts a little bit. I can’t deny that. But it goes to show you that there ain’t no loyalty in this game. It seems like you only get loyalty in certain organizations. You see it in winning organizations like the Spurs, the Lakers, the Heat. NBA.com

“I’m not 19 or 20 no more,” Randolph said. “I’m not a young kid coming into the league with my career in front of me, looking to get established and looking to find my place in the NBA. I went through all of that. I feel like I grew up as a player and as a person and I’ve become someone who is valuable. “I’m 32 now, but I feel like I’ve still got a few good years left in me and I feel like I can be somebody who can contribute to a winning team, be a significant part of team that can contend for a championship. And I think we can do that here. Even more, I feel like I’ve put down some roots in Memphis, helped this team make a name for itself, really become part of the community and to build something that can last. This is where I want to be and where I want to stay. All I can do is make that clear. But it’s a business and it ain’t my call.” NBA.com

Speaking of Anderson, there were strong denials on all sides to a Bleacher Report article indicating a trade was in the works that could — at some point before the deadline — send Anderson to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Zach Randolph. A person with knowledge of the Grizzlies' dealings said they haven't had any conversations with New Orleans about a Randolph-for-Anderson swap, and a person with knowledge of the Pelicans' dealings said the same. USA Today Sports

December 12, 2013 Updates

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. Bleacher Report

Because of Randolph's $18.2 million current salary, the Pelicans' incoming aggregate salaries would have to be within $5 million of the of the aggregate outgoing salaries going to the Grizzlies. Therefore, in addition to Anderson ($8.3 million), the Pelicans could consider including Al-Farouq Aminu ($3.7 million) and Austin Rivers ($2.3 million) in the deal. According to two sources, Rivers is unhappy with his playing time and would be open to a trade. Bleacher Report

November 29, 2013 Updates

Several executives mentioned Davis as a potential trade target, but from where I sit, it only happens if Memphis is unable to move Zach Randolph and the $35.2 million he is owed this season and next. The reality for the Grizzlies is that Z-Bo has more value to them on the court than his contract has on the trade market. And until Davis gets a chance to shine with more minutes, his trade value is limited, too. Here's the real problem for Memphis, though: Davis' agent, Rob Pelinka, is notorious for working the system when it comes to gaming the system in free agency. So if the Grizzlies do trade Davis, it won't be because they want to. It'll be out of fear that Davis turned down their extension offer because Pelinka already has found a landing spot for him. CBSSports.com

November 11, 2013 Updates
May 28, 2013 Updates

The future of Randolph in Memphis is another question mark after the Grizzlies’ struggles, and Randolph’s in particular, in their four straight defeats to San Antonio. Randolph drew interest from other teams before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, and, with more than $34 million left on his contract over the next two seasons, could well find himself in play to help Memphis build a more balanced team by addressing its ongoing lack of floor-spacers on the perimeter and rotation depth. ESPN.com

March 20, 2013 Updates

Strange though it may seem that one of the Western Conference's best teams could trade its longtime leading scorer and manage to improve, that has been the case since the Jan. 30 deal that sent Gay to Toronto and brought back veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince and young players Ed Davis and Austin Daye. "I think we're a better team, man," Grizzlies All-Star forward Zach Randolph told USA TODAY Sports. "You're (getting) the whole team playing one way, and guys sticking to what they do and playing together, playing for each other and playing defense and playing inside-out basketball. It's a lot better – a better mindset – playing like that. USA Today Sports

February 21, 2013 Updates
February 19, 2013 Updates

Don’t count on the Memphis Grizzlies trading Zach Randolph. Sources close to the process labeled Zach as all but untouchable at the deadline and that baring some kind of hail-Mary, last minute; knock your socks offer, Zach is staying in Memphis for the foreseeable future. HoopsWorld

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