The Memphis Grizzlies have quickly shut down rumors that they team would be trying to trade two time all-star Zach Randolph.
Griz continue to field trade calls for Zach Randolph but have informed teams that they aren’t interested in moving the All Star forward
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBlog) February 8, 2013
It’s wildly known that Randolph may not be apart of this team’s future, but it was be crazy if the team parted ways with Randolph right now. He’s the best player in Grizzlies history and the city and fans have grown to love Z-Bo and even with the monetary logic behind why trading Z-Bo would be a positive thing, right now it isn’t the moment.
Next season Randolph is owed almost $18 million. They could easily get more out of Randolph now than they could in another year especially if his play decreases over time, but moving Randolph would be detrimental to everything the Grizzlies stand for. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol aren’t quite ready to 100% carry a team and Randolph’s rebounding and scoring would be hard to replace in such a short turn around.
It’s highly evident that Jason Levien and John Hollinger are putting huge imprints onto this organization and even they wouldn’t be crazy enough to ship out Randolph in a time where fans are trying to embrace the new-look Grizzlies. Unless someone who’s undeniably better and younger is coming in like a Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh or someone of that caliber and this team doesn’t have the assets, cash or market-size to acquire neither.
The best thing is that the front office has reassured Randolph that he isn’t going anywhere. It can take his mind off the trade rumors and focus on team chemistry and his overall play. But after this season, things could quickly change course.