HoopsHype Zach Randolph rumors

December 26, 2013 Updates

With Gay's departure, the Grizzlies' Big Three has morphed into what the team refers to as its Core Four: Gasol, Randolph, Mike Conley and Tony Allen. The plan, according to league sources, is to find ways to maximize those four foundational pieces in the short term while building around Gasol and Conley in the long term. CBSSports.com

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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

Kia Motors and the NBA honored Randolph for his continued dedication to helping underprivileged children and families in need. As a part of the NBA’s Season of Giving, Randolph distributed 900 Thanksgiving food baskets at Booker T. Washington High School and Hamilton High School in Memphis. At both events, select families received tickets from Randolph to attend an upcoming Grizzlies game. Randolph also donated 500 turkeys and 500 spiral hams to be given away to 1,000 people at the Clarence Faulkner Community Center in Marion, Ind. In addition to Thanksgiving meals, he contributed 300 winter coats to students at Memphis’ A.B. Hill Elementary. “The award is nice, but it’s not the reason that I’m involved,” Randolph said. “I love being with kids, especially those kids who come from a single-parent home. I was one of those kids growing up, so I feel like I can relate. It’s a blessing for me to be able to help someone else, especially in Memphis, a place that has reached out and made me feel at home.” NBA.com

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

December 11, 2013 Updates

Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph received the November Kia Community Assist Award in recognition of his charitable efforts and contributions in the community, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities. NBA.com

December 10, 2013 Updates

The hidden impact of the Gay deal is that we're suddenly down to just 10 names in the entire league who are even eligible to be released via the amnesty clause next July. And when you read those 10 names you'll understand why Boozer and Perkins, now that Salmons has been dealt, are realistically the last two who can generate any legitimate amnesty speculation until the next collective bargaining agreement. They are: Atlanta's Al Horford; Boston's Rajon Rondo; Chicago's Boozer and Joakim Noah; Memphis' Mike Conley and Zach Randolph; Oklahoma City's Nick Collison, Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins; San Antonio's Tony Parker. ESPN.com

December 3, 2013 Updates

Q: Do you feel that there are chemistry problems with the team right now? Ed Davis: I wouldn’t say it’s chemistry but when you two All-Stars out you’re gonna lose something especially Marc Gasol what he does offensively and defensively and then you have Z-Bo being out you know he’ll give you 18 and 12 a night so obviously you’re losing something there but I wouldn’t say chemistry is our worry but I say you’re losing a lot of production. 3 Shades Of Blue

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

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Q: Is it more of the offense efficiency or the defense that’s been the most problem right now? Randolph: Our defense and our offense too so it’s a combination of things. We just got to keep on working because we’re not the same team as last year but we’re trying to get there. We got the same personnel so we just got to get there and stay positive and keep pushing and pushing. Q: Is it a chemistry problem? Randolph: I wouldn’t say that. It’s a number of things. We got to keep on playing. I don’t want to say it’s one specific thing it’s a combination of things. 3 Shades Of Blue

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