Memphis Grizzlies: Let’s Talk About Trades, Baby!

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There has been a lot of talk about trades to and from the Memphis Grizzlies over the past week. This all started when Pau Gasol did an interview on Wednesday December 11, where he said he would be open to returning to play for Memphis. Not only does Gasol’s little brother play for the Grizzlies, Marc, but Pau also started his NBA career in Memphis and played seven seasons before he was traded to the Lakers. Furthermore, Gasol is now fighting with his head coach Mike D’Antoni over how he is being used in the current Laker offense, and it does not seem like they will be making up anytime soon. Therefore, Gasol will be the center of many trade rumors in the next few weeks; some of those rumors will include the Grizzlies of course.

Dec 9, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) shoots a free throw against the Orlando Magic at FedExForum. Memphis defeated Orlando 94-85. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Then today many sources said that the Grizzlies are currently shopping Zach Randolph. This is not new news as there has been speculation all season that this could Randolph’s last season with the Grizzlies, as he can opt out of his current deal in order to sign a long term contract. Furthermore, Memphis has been struggling to keep at or above .500 in a deep West, so of course trade rumors are going to come up. Now Randolph is not happy with the trade rumors, as he said earlier today that it bothers him, and feels like there is no loyalty. However, trading Randolph may make sense at this point, with all the injuries it may be too difficult to make a playoff run. Trading Randolph could give the Grizzlies a chance to update the roster. Memphis is in need of shooting, especially three point shooting, currently the Grizzlies are 22nd in three point percentage at 34%. Even worse Memphis ranks second to last in the league at three points made per game with 4.6. Therefore, they could look to trade for some three point shooting which would help open up the lane for Marc Gasol when he returns.

If the Grizzlies do trade Randolph they could trade for Pau Gasol, they could do it straight across player for player the salaries match up. However, it would not seem like either team would be interested in that deal, but you never know. Another option could be talking to the Charlotte Bobcats about Ben Gordon, who is a career 40% three point shooter. Also Gordon is in the last year of his deal, so it would not tie up the salary cap space they would have next season. The big rumor associated with Randolph was trading him for Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans, who could also help with the three point shooting issues. But the Pelicans reportedly like having Anderson alongside Antony Davis as a stretch power forward, so it seems like the Grizzlies are more interested than the Pelicans. The Grizzlies will have some options as Randolph could be the player a contender needs to get over the hump.

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